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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

For Patients & Families
Diagnostic Tests & Procedures

Infectious Disease Markers (IDMs)

Infectious disease markers (IDMs) is test performed to screen for viruses.

To a patient with a compromised immune system, exposure to infection-causing organisms may be problematic and sometimes life-threatening. All patients and potential bone marrow transplant donors will be tested for a variety of IDMs or viruses. These include tests for:

  1. Antibodies to HIV (the AIDS virus) and the related viruses, HTLV-I and HTLV-II
  2. p24 antigen to detect early HIV infection that may not have produced an antibody response as yet
  3. Hepatitis B and C viruses
  4. Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  5. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  6. Epstein-Barr Virus, the mononucleosis virus (EBV)
  7. Syphilis (bacterial infection)

Potential donors, related and unrelated, are tested for the same IDMs, although HSV and EBV tests are not routinely done.

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