They need your blood
platelet donation takes longer than blood donation. basically they hook you up to a machine which takes blood out of you, separates the platelets out and then puts the blood (minus platelets) back into you. takes about an hour to an hour and a half to donate. you can donate more often (once a month rings a bell), but have to go to special centres to do it as the machinery is more difficult to move about i think.Posted 9 years ago
coffeeking, not according to this http://www.blood.co.uk/nhsbt_platelets/who_can_donate/Posted 9 years ago
As a man, you are more likely to be suitable for double or triple dose platelet donation. You’ll have a larger volume of blood, so you’ll be able to donate more platelets and help even more patients. Men are also free of certain white cell antibodies that may be harmful to patients, have larger veins and also less likely to have low iron levels. On average, 50% of men would be suitable to be platelet donors.Posted 9 years agoRudeBoyMember
Soz. I have reflected on this, and appreciate my initial reaction was a bit vehement. I just can’t abide prejudice or discrimination. I’m sure people can understand this.
Just had a little chat about this with my GP; she, and apparently many health care professionals, feel that excluding Gay men from giving blood is discriminatory. They would like to see this particular rule removed.
I can appreciate the need to minimise risk of contamination etc, but there is no risk of contracting HIV in the UK, as all blood is screened.
And i’m glad that others feel the same about this.
Anyway. Giving blood is a really good thing to do, and I shall be doing so, some time soon.Posted 9 years agojulianwilsonMember
RudeBoy, the gay man exclusion issue is simply a case of economic expedience over doing the right thing. You increase to odds of haviung ‘useable’ blood supply by excluding those statistically ( and I refer to the terrence higgins figures someone mentioned earlier) more likely to donate unusable blood.
Someone with a big calculator and all the figures will have worked out that at the current level of people volunteering to donate blood, they can be this fussy and save themselves money and resources in how much blood they take, screen and then have to reject. Were there fewer people volunteering then of course someone might decide it was worth ‘widening the net’ because slightly more expensive blood (via a theoretical increase in unusable donations) is better than a dire shortage.
It leaves me cold too though. I wonder just how much money is saved by this?Posted 9 years ago
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