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Old 04-04-2009, 09:58 PM   #21
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They ask, and believe the answer.
As they did with you, regarding whatever it is that has caused you to be barred from donating.

Your previous remark implied that people who use drugs or engage in high-risk sex are welcome to donate, while you are not, and I don't think that is fair to the blood banks. What do you suggest they do instead of asking, and believing the answers? It is not the blood bank's fault if people give inaccurate answers in the interview, and the donated blood is tested to deal with that possibility. I believe anyone who tests positive for a blood-transmitted disease is permanently barred from donating in the future.
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:58 PM   #22
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Congratulations Khan.
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Good deed Khan! I would give, but my records show I was diagnosed with 'chronic' hepatitis a dozen years or so ago, so I can't give. My liver enzymes went out the roof and after doing a liver biopsy, that's the diagnosis that was given. I was prescribed a steroid for 5 months and the numbers returned to normal. Been normal ever since. I can't help but believe I had something they couldn't put a finger on and they gave it the 'chronic' diagnosis so now I can't give blood.

Oh well, if there is any doubt...... it probably is best not to give.
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And then they test the blood. I'ts more accurate than lie detectors.
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Well done Khan! You may have saved more than 160 lives if all your blood went to newborn babies weighing 500g who needed transfusions of 5 mls each!

I used to donate regularly until they rejected me because I lived in Western Europe during the 80's. Never in the UK, but go figure. Oh well, I guess I'm a mad cow anyhow!
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OK, thanks for the reminder to call the blood bank. Having kids has derailed my donation schedule. I so wish our blood bank would make Saturday appointments!

Who remembers their first time? Mine was with my college boyfriend, in the main ballroom on campus, during the quarterly blood drive. Comfy lounge chairs were involved.
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Who remembers their first time? Mine was with my college boyfriend, in the main ballroom on campus, during the quarterly blood drive. Comfy lounge chairs were involved.
Mine was with my college girlfriend (now my wife) at age 18 and it was not a blood drive, we went to a hospital, because as a new born baby I had multiple blood transfusions to save my life and it was something I knew I wanted to do. (both parents were also avid blood donors)
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OK, thanks for the reminder to call the blood bank. Having kids has derailed my donation schedule. I so wish our blood bank would make Saturday appointments!

Who remembers their first time? Mine was with my college boyfriend, in the main ballroom on campus, during the quarterly blood drive. Comfy lounge chairs were involved.
Vague memory: blood drive on college campus 1968.
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1977, at my high school. I was 18 years old and it was not a good experience. I gave blood in the morning and passed out in the afternoon. But I kept at it and am now over 5 gallons.
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And then they test the blood. I'ts more accurate than lie detectors.
WADR, why ask?

BTW, I don't think they can test for the reason I'm banned (and my kids).
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WADR, why ask?
To save time and money, to save the chance of an error in the testing, to stop the chance of a health worker getting stuck by a contaminated needle.

Seems very sensible to ask ahead of time.
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WADR, why ask?

BTW, I don't think they can test for the reason I'm banned (and my kids).
Some people actually genuinely are not aware that they are not eligible, and are willing to talk about it. Some people go to donate because they subconsciously want the tests and are afraid to ask.

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Thank you, Khan. My husband is alive because of blood donors like you.
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