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Blood donation......question

 
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I just read abt the boold donation posts in two of the other posts.....I have a qstn abt this...
Is there any test that is performed to know that you are
eligible to donate blood?

Don't worry, I don't have Aids or anything, but I had
Viral Hepitaitus about 15 years back. Last time I went
to donate blood, I told them this and they turned me down...
I personally consider my blood is very very valuable.
It is O+ universal donar and is scarse. That means
I can donate to anyone can, but people with O+ blood can ONLY
accept O+ blood. So, in blood banks it is considered valuable.
This is from what little I know....
I would be glad to donate.
Everytime I hear abt blood donation camps, I feel bad.
Maybe I should just go down and yell at them that I want
to donate...Any help is appreciated....
I don't expect doctors to come to this forum, but just
wanted to share my experience....
Thanks for listning.
- JD
 
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>I just read about the blood donation posts in two of the other
>posts.....I have a question about this...
>Is there any test that is performed to know that you are
>eligible to donate blood?

They test your blood after you donate it. So even if you don't tell them about the hepatitis, they will discover it and your blood will not be used.
>Don't worry, I don't have Aids or anything, but I had
>Viral Hepatitus about 15 years back. Last time I went
>to donate blood, I told them this and they turned me down...

Hepatitis is a very dangerous disease that is transmitted by blood and blood products. It could very possibly kill the person receiving your blood even though you are no longer ill.

>I personally consider my blood is very very valuable.
>It is O+ universal donar and is scarse. That means
>I can donate to anyone can, but people with O+ blood can ONLY
>accept O+ blood. So, in blood banks it is considered valuable.
>This is from what little I know....
>I would be glad to donate.

You are confused. O negative blood is the universal donor. Anyone can receive O negative blood. O positive is actually the most common type. All types of blood are very valuable. However, if it is likely to cause problems, including disease, to the recipient, it cannot be used.
>Maybe I should just go down and yell at them that I want
>to donate...Any help is appreciated....

It wouldn't help.

>I don't expect doctors to come to this forum, but just
>wanted to share my experience....

There are other ways to help besides donating blood.

Marilyn
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My understanding is that O+ is the most common blood type (I have it too), but also quite valuable because it can generally be given to most other positive blood types (which are much more common than negative). Which can lead to it being in demand, and if you need blood and are O+, you need O+ or the much less common O- - and these may have been given to someone else, since one is "universal", and the other nearly so. So yes, all blood types are needed.
Actually I think everyone who's medically qualified should donate blood regularly, even without a national tragedy to motivate them. It's one of the easiest things you can do that can save someone else's life - why not do it? Of course I have to admit that since coming to California I have been too lazy to locate a convenient donation center, so I probably shouldn't get too preachy about this. I guess a minor benevolent side effect of today's tragedy is that it finally got me off by lazy butt to start donating again. Small consolation, but you take what you can get...
Of course this lecture is no use to you, John. Sorry you can't donate - but thanks for trying. I suppose you could still try recruiting others. "Hey, I'm not allowed to donate blood - what's your excuse?"
[This message has been edited by Jim Yingst (edited September 11, 2001).]
 
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I was told, some time ago when donating blood, that those with a history of blood-transmitted disease can still donate but their blood is marked and reserved research and other uses. This is valuable in that either frees another pint of blood for direct use or give researchers blood with a specific disease history they may actually be looking for. It's conceivable though that given the immediate need and long lines of donors, someone with such a history might be declined in time of crisis. I'd call your local hospital or blood bank and ask.
 
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Hmmm...Maybe I wasn't too clear in explaining my Hepitaitus stuff....ITS WAS VIRAL Hepitaitus, not blood related. If it
was blood related, I would agree and wouldn't even attempt.
Give me some credit here, I do understand the basics of human life...
And today I called my local blood bank and explained my problem.
They asked me to check with my primary physican. And I came
to know there is a test called CBP (Complete Blood Profile(?)).
Once I get this done, hopefully sometime this week, they can
make some recommendation.
Well, I hope to do my part...atleast that way there is a record
of my blood type, in case I ever need it.
I guess once they suggest that I can donate, I probably will
do it maybe every quarter, if not every month...
And the reason I thought O+ is much needed is because I saw
ads on TV (more than once) asking for o+ donars. And it also makes me wonder if all the O+ guys are lazy (no references.. )
maybe O+ blood is scarce in the blood banks...
While I agree that there are other ways to help, I think
blood donation is one of the nobelest and purest form of
donating. Also, the issue I have is not just because of the tragedy yesterday, it was there all thru for about an year now
and I just made the courage to do something about it after
yesterdays tragedy...really embarresed to accept it, but hey
I made a start...
anyways, thanks for the response.
- JD
 
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hopefully there are no fanatical jehovahs witnesses(or is that the christian scientists) reading this post. they believe blood tranfusions are an abomination
[This message has been edited by Randall Twede (edited September 13, 2001).]
 
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