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post #41 of 121
I never did answer the original questions, but no, I don't give blood. My normal weight has always been under the limit. I'm also a baby about that sort of thing My blood type is O+

ETA: Just got to thinking... what about women who have had sex with men who have sex with men? Can they donate?
post #42 of 121

Blood

I haven't donated blood. I have needle issues, and also seem to be pregnant most of the time.

DH used to donate blood, but had to stop because of questions regarding his iron levels. His family has trouble with some unusual type of anemia.

My blood type is O- and DH's is O+, and let me say that I'm really, REALLY tired of getting the immune globulin shots to prevent rh disease.
post #43 of 121
No I don't donate blood.

Why? 1. I pass out easily & feel too sick. and 2. I am usually borderline anemic.

Yes I know my blood type.
post #44 of 121
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Originally Posted by MysteryMama View Post
ETA: Just got to thinking... what about women who have had sex with men who have sex with men? Can they donate?
Nope. That's one of the questions they ask you before they'll let you donate. They even phrase it something like, "Have you had sex, even one time, with a man who has had sex with another man, even one time?"
post #45 of 121
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Nope. That's one of the questions they ask you before they'll let you donate. They even phrase it something like, "Have you had sex, even one time, with a man who has had sex with another man, even one time?"
Yeah - which is part of why I think it's all so stupid. Even if there were any real validity to all this, what makes them think we'd even know for sure? The world might not be as homophobic as it used to be, but that doesn't mean every guy who's ever experimented is going to tell every woman he has sex with, yk?

When we look at the number of people who have been cheated on while in what they thought was a monogamous relationship, the questionnaire becomes completely meaningless...insulting and meaningless.
post #46 of 121
I'm O+ and I have not donated. I have always wanted to but feel like I never have the time and the unknown scares me. I'm not sure what the process is so I've never explored it further.
post #47 of 121
Im O+ I can't donate blood though because I had Hepititas A as a teen and can't donate ever after that. I would if I could though.
post #48 of 121
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I'm O+ and I have not donated. I have always wanted to but feel like I never have the time and the unknown scares me. I'm not sure what the process is so I've never explored it further.
They have you fill out a questionnaire with some very intimate questions on it, then they test your hematocrit with a finger prick to make sure you have enough iron to donate. If you pass the questionnaire and have adequate iron levels, they take you to a comfy chair, start a line in your vein, and remove a pint of blood. Then you go sit at a table for a few minutes and have some cookies and juice to increase your blood sugar levels so that you don't feel faint/weak. It's pretty easy once you get used to it.

ETA: Here are the Blood Donation Eligibility Guidelines from the American Red Cross.
post #49 of 121
Wow. You learn something new every day.
post #50 of 121
No, because I have a weird thing about medical procedures and I'd probably pass out.

Actually I tried to once, but my blood pressure was too low.

Yes, I know my blood type.
post #51 of 121
Nope. I have tried. They don't want me when I am pregnant. They don't want me when I am nursing, and the few times in between my iron level was always borderline too low.

Eventually I gave up. Also, I have been asked by phlebotomists many times for blood draws for my own use to request "butterfly" needles since it saves them time and effort to know ahead of time.. but blood donation will NOT use butterflies even if requested... not sure if this is just within my State, or everywhere..

My dp can't either- he grew up in PI and had TB. I am not sure if he is out because of where he lived or because of the TB or both..
post #52 of 121
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Nope. That's one of the questions they ask you before they'll let you donate. They even phrase it something like, "Have you had sex, even one time, with a man who has had sex with another man, even one time?"
Actually you can in Canada if it was more then either 1 or 2 years ago. Having sex with a man who had sex with a man is a temporary deferment, having sex with a man (if you are a man) is a perminent one. *sigh*
post #53 of 121
I used to donate until I became ineligible due to the travel deferrel imposed by Canadian Blood Services due to CJD. I lived in England for 3 years in the 1980's, so they don't want my blood.

I really wish I could still donate, but my husband is a frequent donor so I live vicariously through him.
post #54 of 121
I used to donate before I got pg with my first. Then we moved to France while I was still nursing her and when we came back they wouldn't let us donate because we had been in France too long. It was around the time of the Mad Cow Disease scare. I'm not sure if they've relaxed their rules about that since, we now live in a remote community where there isn't even a donation centre so it's a non-issue. I'm not sure I'd donate again even if it was accessible and I was allowed. I almost passed out the last two times I donated.
post #55 of 121
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Actually you can in Canada if it was more then either 1 or 2 years ago. Having sex with a man who had sex with a man is a temporary deferment, having sex with a man (if you are a man) is a perminent one. *sigh*
Did they change that? I thought the last time I filled it out, the "have you had sex with a man who's had sex with a man?" question was still in the "any time since 1977" list...
post #56 of 121
B+

I tried to donate once when I was in college. They were giving out free pints of ice cream for a pint of blood. Moreover, it was soy delicious ice cream - even more incentive for me as I can't have dairy.

So, I went, but they said I couldn't donate blood as I was born in Europe in 1982. And, right before my blood donation, had been out of the country for over 6 months. They said there was some rule that I couldn't.

I didn't really understand the gist of it, or why they had this rule. But, suffice to say, they wouldn't take my blood.
post #57 of 121
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Did they change that? I thought the last time I filled it out, the "have you had sex with a man who's had sex with a man?" question was still in the "any time since 1977" list...
They also talk to you privately to find out the specifics. Anyway, the Canadian blood services webpage lists it as a temporary deferment.

It still bugs me though that I fall under "high risk" and some random guy who messes around with only women is not.
post #58 of 121
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They also talk to you privately to find out the specifics.
In my experience, they covered the questions in private for the sake of my privacy. There were no questions about specifics.
post #59 of 121
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In my experience, they covered the questions in private for the sake of my privacy. There were no questions about specifics.
By specifics I mean for the question such as "have you been outside of Canada or the US is the past x number of years?" they ask where if you check yes.

Ok, just checked the questionnair (yeah you can find it on line. )

The question relating to females is "Female donors: In the last 12 months, have you had sex with a man who had sex, even one time since 1977 with another man?"

They also ask if you have ever had/do have a job where you handled monkeys or their bodily fluids.

They also ask if you have had sex with someone who's sexual background you don't know... I am pretty sure there are a whole lotta people out there who lie about that one.
post #60 of 121
I donate as often as I can. I'm up to 3 gallons now - over a 14 year period, tho.
I'm on hiatus for now because we're TTC. If I'm preggers, I need all the help I can get to stave off anemia.
I'm A+.
I'm of the opinion that not everyone can, because of illness, medication, travel, fear of needles, stupid regs, etc. So those of us that can and don't mind should try to do it as often as positive.
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