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Feb. 7th, 2008

This article was a bit unnerving to read. It seems there are fewer and fewer people eligible to donate blood (and of course not everyone who is eligible is a regular donor).

If you can donate blood, please think about doing so. I'm no longer eligible because I've spent a total of over 6 months in Europe. :-( (I mean, yay for time spent in Europe, but boo for not getting to donate anymore. They said that they may change that requirement at some point in the future, but at this point they're playing it safe because they don't know enough yet about how mad cow disease is transmitted.)


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Feb. 7th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'm not eligible either. And when I was, I tended to pass out after. :(
Feb. 8th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
I tend to pass out during. It's frustrating, because I really liked the idea of donating blood, and the process too. I actually thought it was really cool to watch a pint of my blood drain out of my body and into a bag on the floor. Color me weird. But I had two unsuccessful donations for every successful one, so I don't go anymore.
Feb. 7th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
I think the Red Cross somewhat shoots themselves in the foot by their restrictions. I understand they're trying to keep the blood supply safe, but they do so by instituting profiling based on identity rather than based on behavior.

For instance, in the US, a heterosexual woman can have a new male partner every week and have sex without condoms and donate while a man who has had sex with one other man ONE time since the early 1980s is ineligible, even if it was only one time, they were both virgins, and condoms were used.

I used to be ineligible because I had a series of bisexual boyfriends but I believe you only have to wait 6 months and then can start giving again. I should check to see if my understanding of that is correct, though.
Feb. 8th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
It's the FDA that defines the rules, the Red Cross just follows them.

And you must wait a year after having sex with someone who has done anything on their list of highest risk for HIV behaviors since 1977.
Feb. 7th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Much the same. England. Six weeks. 1995. I'll never be able to donate blood again.

A favorite joke from PHC:

So, two cows are in a field, and one says to the other, "So, what do you think about this 'Mad cow disease'?"

And the second cow says, "What do I care? I'm a helicopter."
Feb. 7th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
I like that one, I hadn't heard it before.
Feb. 8th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
I was researching a different question about blood donation, sparked by this post, and it looks like they may have changed the rules on us--the Red Cross says you can spend up to 3 months in the UK before you hit their cutoff. And the time limit for my situation (time spent in Europe in general) has increased from 6 months to 5 years. Perhaps I can donate again!
Feb. 8th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
On the other hand, there are now artificial blood products that are reconstituted from expired blood donations. Kindof a blood recycling. Probably be awhile before they are mainstream though. (plus they have to finish that whole FDA approval process...)

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