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  • They need your blood
  • Premier Icon Captain-Pugwash
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    Gave my a pint last night, and the blood service are saying the blood banks are really low (like most banks)at the moment. So go give a pint, you never know when you might need it back!

    Premier Icon finbar
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    Went a couple of weeks ago as i heard stock levels were on ‘amber alert’ apparently.

    Premier Icon alfabus
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    I’m waiting for my next invitation… got turned away last time because I was still in physio for my broken pelvis. I tried to tell them I was fine, but they weren’t having any of it – they wanted me to keep my blood and get healthy.

    Giving blood is great… go do it everyone!

    Dave

    Premier Icon mrmichaelwright
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    they need your organs too

    but they can wait for mine

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Time for another government bail-out?

    Maybe prisoners should be allowed to give blood in exchange for prison luxuries (fags, soap etc?)

    Premier Icon jeff
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    Got my appointment this afternoon – in Tescos car park for a change!

    Premier Icon mrmichaelwright
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    [daily mail]

    maybe prisoners should be MADE to give blood because they committed a CRIME

    [daily mail]

    Premier Icon simonfbarnes
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    I’m not allowed to give blood for a whole year because I had sex with a woman who’d spent some time in Africa 🙁

    Premier Icon julianwilson
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    Maybe prisoners should be allowed to give blood in exchange for prison luxuries (fags, soap etc?)

    Interesting idea. However the things that excleude you from giving you blood are many. I’d forgotten about SFB’s ‘girl from africa’ one.

    Also use of class a drugs (in case you got so off your chops you didn’t realise you had unprotected sex), intravenous drug use and dodgy home made tattoos are also no-no’s as this makes the likelihood that you have blood borne viruses too high to be worth bothering to take a pint and test it etc. Unfortunately this would exclude the majority of the UK prison population.

    Premier Icon IHN
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    I’m not allowed to give blood for a whole year because I had sex with a woman who’d spent some time in Africa

    At least you’re only stopped from giving blood, she’s still having counselling…

    Premier Icon mst
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    Went for the first time on Wednesday. Uncomfortable, but not unpleasant. Will be going again when they invite me.

    Premier Icon pjt201
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    i’m on the list to give platelets, waiting for an appointment for further tests.

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    Going to have another go at giving blood. I had malaria 12 years ago, but have never had a recurrence. When i tried back in the day I was told “no way”.

    Apparently, my dicky ticker means I can’t go on the bone marrow register, which is just such a load of c*ck. If I’m allowed to max it out on a bike, then I should be allowed to go onto a register to help ill people.

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    If it wasn’t so bloody (sorry) difficult to donate in the Oxford area, they’d see a lot more people. In Leeds you simply ambled down to the centre when you’d forgotten your lunch money and wanted a free snack. They sucked your blood, you ate a couple of choccy bars and went on your way.

    Unfortunately, Oxford run a mobile service. Went to one of these once, but the 3 hour wait has put me off going again. On top of that, I have to wait 24 hours after donating before going back to work, so my schedule and theirs has to mesh. Not worth the hassle, which is a real shame.

    Premier Icon toby1
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    Will give again just as soon as the ‘new’ venue is sorted as the old one was too small. Could probably give a pint now from my desk if they’d come to take it.

    Premier Icon AdamW
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    As a gay bloke they won’t take mine. Obviously I’m riddled with AIDS or something.

    Strangely though they *do* want me to donate my organs. I’ve told them they can have both blood and organs or neither. I don’t understand why blood is bad but organs (swimming in the stuff) is fine…

    Premier Icon coffeeking
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    Adam, you can be on the donor list but if they found you to be HIV positive I dont think they’d actually take your organs. Much like if you were down to have them taken and you died by poisoning etc.

    I gave it once, they “took it” too fast (apparently a pint in 3 minutes is too fast, the little machine was beeping away to itself a lot?) and I was wiped out, properly went into shock and was useless at work for about 2 days. I’d go back again but it has made me find excuses a bit quicker!

    Premier Icon Joe
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    Same in Manchester. It’s a pain in the arse to give blood. Make an appointment blah blah blah.

    Premier Icon Bimbler
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    Ta for this been meaning to do it for ages.

    Got my first session on 10th February

    Blood Service Appointment

    Premier Icon nickc
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    I have low blood pressure…they don’t want me either

    Premier Icon ShinyRedOrange
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    I give as often as they let me, next date I can is mid feb.

    My mum had full transfusion after having me and if the blood wasn’t available then she wouldn’t be here so i think its only fair!

    My girlfriend isn’t allowed though because she is under the mim weight limit.

    Premier Icon ski
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    I started giving blood ten years ago, after my Wife and my first daughters lives were saved because of blood donors.

    A big thank you to all of you who do donate 🙂

    Quick question, platelets, keep getting asked to become a platelet donor, anyone here given platelets, how do it differ from a normal donation?

    Ta.

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    As a gay bloke they won’t take mine

    Forking Hill, why ever not?

    Is that for real? WTF can’t they take blood from a Gay man? What about a Lesbian?

    I can’t get my head around that. Do Gay people have different blood to Straight people, or something?

    That’s just ridiculous.

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    Jesus Sh1t the Bed, I can’t believe this:

    “You should never give blood if:

    1 You have ever had syphilis, HTVL (Human T – lymphotorpic virus), hepatitis B or C or think you may have hepatitis now
    2 You’re a man who’s had sex with another man, even safe sex using a condom.

    For more information on why men who have sex with men cannot give blood click here
    3 You’ve ever worked as a prostitute.
    4 You’ve ever injected yourself with drugs – even once.

    You should not give blood for 12 months after sex with:

    1 A man who has had sex with another man (if you’re a female).
    2 A prostitute.
    3 Anyone who has ever injected themselves with drugs.
    4 Anyone with haemophilia or a related blood clotting disorder who has received clotting factor concentrates.
    5 Anyone of any race who has been sexually active in parts of the world where AIDS/HIV is very common. This includes countries in Africa.”

    From The National Blood Service.

    Can someone tell me if there is any scientific or medical reason for this, because it makes absolutely no sense, to me.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Can you imagine the consequences of HIV positive blood in the national supply?

    Which probably goes some way to explain why they may be a little paranoid…

    Premier Icon simonfbarnes
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    there’s a big list of exclusions

    man having sex with a man
    having a blood transfusion after 1980
    history of CJD in family
    etc etc

    Premier Icon Captain-Pugwash
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    Ski, I thought you gave blood and they then took the platelets from that blood…. Could be wrong about that though. My Mum had bags of the stuff when she was being treated for Leukemia and thats one of the reasons that I give, like I said you never know when you might need it.

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    THEY SCREEN ALL BLOOD ANYWAY!!!!!!!!

    No, seriously,WTF are Gay men excluded? All I can think of, is possibly some stupid **** thing about someone might not want too have the blood of a Gay man given to them. Personally, I’d willingly have the babies of any person who’s blood was used to save my life.

    This is something that devalues Gay men in our society. That is **** wrong. Disgusting.

    Premier Icon simonfbarnes
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    Can you imagine the consequences of HIV positive blood in the national supply?

    it’s not a ‘supply’ like a tank. Individual units are stored as such and tracked till used (typically within a week I believe). Units are only mixed within a patient.

    For platelet donation, your blood is run through a filter and then returned to your body. Which is why I won’t do it

    Premier Icon simonfbarnes
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    THEY SCREEN ALL BLOOD ANYWAY!!!!!!!!

    but HIV is difficult to detect, with typically 3 months from exposure to detectable antibodies

    Premier Icon rustydub
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    I Have been considering giving blood for a while now. Partially because I have had 2 life saving operations to remove a brain tumour…so would really like to give something back.
    However would I be allowed??, due to my condition?
    I am in better shape now than I ever have been due to a new zest for life.

    Premier Icon coffeeking
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    THEY SCREEN ALL BLOOD ANYWAY!!!!!!!!

    No, seriously,WTF are Gay men excluded? All I can think of, is possibly some stupid **** thing about someone might not want too have the blood of a Gay man given to them. Personally, I’d willingly have the babies of any person who’s blood was used to save my life.

    This is something that devalues Gay men in our society. That is **** wrong. Disgusting.

    Hmmm how dare they stop people who are statistically* (AFIAK) massively more likely to suffer from a disease that is very hard to detect in its early stages, yet still infectious. Stupid eh.

    *41% of new HIV diagnoses in 2007 were among men who have sex with men. Thats a large percentage for the very small (3-5%) percentage of “gays”.

    The majority of the remaining were not gay, but mostly through contact with African continents.

    So you can see their methodology.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    This is something that devalues Gay men in our society. That is **** wrong. Disgusting.

    They’re not excluding gay men because they are gay, they’re excluding them because of the higher risk of blood infection because of the sexual activities some gay men participate in.

    Premier Icon johnners
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    “For more information on why men who have sex with men cannot give blood click here”

    Go on Bra, have a click. By all means get back to us if you’re still determined to be outraged.

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    So, basically, they’re saying that gay men are more likely to be infected with HIV? Eh?

    Now, I’m not an expert on this, the closest is that I worked on a Youth Education project around AIDS/HIV and Drugs Issues, a few year ago. And learned that a lot of the ‘AIDS is Gay Plague’ stuff was in fact sensationalised phobic bull.

    If Heterosexual people, who can just as easily transmit/receive the virus, can give blood, then so should Gay Men.

    Premier Icon ski
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    I think if you have been a recipient of blood donations rusty, that counts you out sadly.

    Premier Icon roundwheels
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    cant give blood because i had a transfusion several years back ,thay said that there is a possibility that i could have mad cows diseases.when i asked them how could you fined that out for me thay said only when you r dead thay can run the tests to fined out ❗

    Premier Icon RudeBoy
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    Ok, read that, but it still makes little sense.

    People can lie about all sorts.

    ‘Have you ever injected drugs?’
    ‘No (lie)’
    ‘Ok then’.

    So, the blood Service claim there is no risk of contracting AIDS/HIV from receiving a blood transfusion, then why these rules?

    Premier Icon coffeeking
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    Rudeboy, check the stats above, from the terrence higgins trust. They’re bannign anyone likely to have aids, not anyone who’s gay. Get over it.

    And why the rules – because they hope that they screen out the people who just werent aware they were a risk. This vastly improves the blood screening accuracy, knowing that most people are not likely to have lied.

    Premier Icon samuri
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    If you watch the blood stock tube on the national blood service website it’s always going up and down but never gets any worse or better.

    hmmmm…

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