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Do you ever donate blood?

Response Percent Votes
No
 
50% 219
Yes
 
49% 218
Total 437

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Pywacket 5 years, 9 months ago

Nice dodge of the point, but again: if HIV/AIDS can be present in the blood of sexually active males or females, how is it NOT discriminatory to reject potential male donors, but not females, on the basis of their having ever had sex with a male? No matter how low the "odds" may be of a sexually active female carrying HIV, the recipient of the tainted blood would be just as infected as he or she would be if the donor had been a gay male. Sounds like they need to develop a less discriminatory way to handle this, not to mention one that would more reliably screen for the presence of HIV, even in its early stages. There are plenty of promiscuous females out there who do not know they've contracted the disease. The thought of them breezing in & out of the clinic, and leaving contaminated blood--while at the same time, gay men in committed, monogamous relationships who have perfectly good blood are being shown the door-- is simply wrong. Bassetlover-- No, it is NOT "their only way of guaranteeing a safe blood supply." It should be obvious that that policy guarantees nothing. Point one--see above. Point two--why do they (or you) think that everybody wishing to give blood is going to answer the question truthfully in the first place? I don't know about you, but if I ever needed blood, I'd hope they would have a better way of knowing it was safe than relying on sexual self-reporting by potential donors.

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Bassetlover 5 years, 9 months ago

Topekan7 - The Red Cross does not prohibit men who've ever had sex with another man from donating blood. It's the Federal Drug Administration who prohibits it. And they govern every thing Red Cross and Community Blood Center does. However, in fairness to the FDA, it's their only way of guaranteeing a safe blood supply to the recipients. Many other people aren't allowed to donate either for one reason or another.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

oh py,I'm simply referring to their carefully considered standards. of course women get it. and worst affect is black women. however, the chances of HIV transmission for male-male sex are far greater than male female sex.

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Pywacket 5 years, 9 months ago

Um, bearded? Would you claim that the only way HIV/AIDS can be transmitted sexually is by male/male encounters?If you acknowledge that this is not true, and that anyone could get AIDS from having sex, then you must acknowledge that the practice is indeed discriminatory--otherwise they would refuse to take blood from anyone who had ever had sex with anyone. According to the CDC, by 2005 over 126,900 women in the US were living with HIV--and 72% contracted the disease from heterosexual sex. Your move.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

I, too, thought it was funny this poll is in the same issue of the paper with big warning about mosquitos this year! so, yes, I donate blood every day!

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

I work for the Community Blood Center. Thanks to everyone who donates or who has ever donated. Donating blood is an easy way to save someone's life.--was relieved, for a minute, I thought you were from the :Canadian Broadcasting Corporation! you know, trying to get a foot in the door down here! [note, ref recent stories about found feet.]I used to, and it helped me with my own needle phobia. can't now and it is a shame as i have really unusual blood, AB positive. can't because of health/meds I am on.
topekan, that is not discriminatory. AIDS/HIV doesn't show up for months in testing, after contracting it. they also turn down iv drug users, same reason.

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pissedinlawrence 5 years, 9 months ago

I just donated today!! At LMH :-D It just makes you feel good knowing your helping someone.

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small_fish_in_small_pond 5 years, 9 months ago

Anything dealing with blood I stay away from. This might sound ignorant, but I prefer not acquiring HIV and other blood-related diseases.

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topekan7 5 years, 9 months ago

The Red Cross prohibits men who've ever had sex with another man from donating blood. The policy is discriminatory and wrong.

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lily 5 years, 9 months ago

I was rejected due to blood pressure. Although I was asked by a close friend if I would when she went in for surgery and it worked out. That was many years ago and with meds for diabetes I don't think I could along with the high bp.

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nbnozzy 5 years, 9 months ago

I have donated over a hundred times and will continue to do so. Whether it's the Red Cross or our own Community Blood Center, I hope those who can, will. It is very important. One pint is usually divided up three ways. So just one donation has a major impact on three indiduals who appreciate what you've done.

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Ken Miller 5 years, 9 months ago

I have donated blood, but after going to the interior of Mexico several times in the early to mid 2000s, I was told I couldn't give blood.Now, my question is, what the heck is floating around in central Mexico that may taint my blood?

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redwaggoner 5 years, 9 months ago

i'm diabetic and can't donate. They wouldn't even want my organs after Im gone.

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sheshapes 5 years, 9 months ago

I've tried to, but my veins are way too small and they run away when I see the crazy big needle.

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Windlass 5 years, 9 months ago

Kenny Rogers and The First Edition - just googled it.

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Windlass 5 years, 9 months ago

Kenny Rogers when he was with.....? What was the name of that band?

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Windlass 5 years, 9 months ago

Y - both blood and plasma, but no more of either. Seems I qualify as a recipient now - lung disease - but I am not knocked down by the condition I'm in.I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in...Anybody remember that one?

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

I donate right in my own home, any time I open the door in the evening, those blood suckers seem to get in and ravage me later.I used to donate regularly, but their hours back then conflicted with my work hours. Then I had one day off, and it was one day too early and they wouldn't let me.Ticked me off as I had tried so hard.Yes, I agree with the staff not always knowing what's up.Most of the time it was great and normal. I got there one day and they were training a new person who was afraid and trying to shove the big needle in was really painful when she missed a few times.I also tried to give plasma once, but they failed to tell me I needed to eat breakfast first, so I spent 3 hrs there, retching and feeling like I was going to die (right there in front of everyone, no privacy even in bad situations) They put ice on my chest, and back of my neck as my temperature had spiked. I finally had to go meet the bus at home, they had only gotten 1/3 of the amount planned, so I got $5,00 for more than 3 hours of my time and it felt like I was dying, so..no, I didn't go back.

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Peaty 5 years, 9 months ago

"I think it is funny, there is no choice for "Undecided"."Most people know if they have or have donated. Unless maybe Radar O Riley came around and siphoned a few pints when they weren't' looking. :)

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sammiesays 5 years, 9 months ago

Would like to because I have rare blood but can't because I served my country overseas......Very frustrating......want to help here but I'm turned away......When will that change or will it ever?

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Bossa_Nova 5 years, 9 months ago

i would love to, but i'm also on the no donate list. too much time south of the border hangin out in nasty cantinas drinkin the local water and swimming in lakes full of dengue flies.

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Curtis Lange 5 years, 9 months ago

Would love to donate, but I lived in Europe too long.

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fan4kufootball 5 years, 9 months ago

I tried once when my uncle was needing blood for cancer treatment (even before I was on medication) but they told me my viens where too small. Now they don't want my blood because of the meds I am on.

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Pywacket 5 years, 9 months ago

My blood pressure is too low.My husband would like to donate, but is turned away because he has Crohn's. This is a noncommunicable condition and he doesn't take any meds for it, as his case is very mild, but no one has ever given him a good explanation for why he can't donate blood. It did not seem to be anything to do with guarding his own health.Any medical people out there who know the answer? Are people with other noncommunicable conditions turned down? He's always felt bad about this and curious to know the reason they can't use his blood.

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gccs14r 5 years, 9 months ago

I tried to donate once in one of the buses, but they were incompetent. I hope they have better people now.

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fleeba 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm such a small person that It makes me dizzy to donate. I've tried once. AND, now that i have a fresh new tattoo, i doubt I could anyway.

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Kat Christian 5 years, 9 months ago

I use to - not anymore now that I'm older. I need all the blood I can keep at this stage. Last time I had blood drawn I got so dizzy it really frigthened me to the point that I won't ever do that again.

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kwjayhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

I wish I could donate but RC has banned me for a natural elevated hep c test count. Never spent time in prison or anything crazy but because two donations in a row were high they pitched my blood and said don't come back. I wish they could have given me the blood back.It frustrates me that I am healthy and I want to donate because I know how valuable it is and I can't help.

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Nate Poell 5 years, 9 months ago

dave_from_cbc-Have you had any discussions about reinstating weekend hours for the Lawrence location? I donate pretty frequently, but I've got a Wednesday morning free during which to do it. Some folks who may otherwise donate probably don't have time during regular business hours on weekdays. How about some Saturday hours?

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consumer1 5 years, 9 months ago

I just checked the answer to the polls. It is exactly 50/50. I think it is funny, there is no choice for "Undecided".

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dave_from_cbc 5 years, 9 months ago

I work for the Community Blood Center. Thanks to everyone who donates or who has ever donated. Donating blood is an easy way to save someone's life.

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 9 months ago

I used to donate blood regularly, starting when I was in high school. I had a bad experience during a blood drive at KU, at the Kansas Union, and have never donated since.

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consumer1 5 years, 9 months ago

I have filled my donations card(s) completely several times until I went to Germany in 1984. Chernobye blew up on April 26th of 1986. Because I was in Germany during the "fall out" Nobody wants luminous blood. So The answer to this question is , Not anymore, I have tried several times. Same answer. Thanks but no thanks.

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Peaty 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes, my company has the "Blood Vessel" come to work. A big buss set up just for donations. Even though I hate needles and most of the time almost pass out, I do it because I feel I should. It's painless and quick as the people that do it are very good. For me it's just a phobia I have to deal with.

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Boeing 5 years, 9 months ago

It's good for you, it's good for them. I prefer the Red Cross because they don't call you every day until you are 98...

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