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  • ChelseaGirl
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    Well I've just returned from giving blood and I'm gutted! :(
    Last time we had pints of orange or lemon squash to drink before donating, but this time it was plain water. Humph! :rotfl:
  • edgex
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    they had the cheek to advertise on gaydar not so long ago
    that ad soon got pulled once id informed gaydar about it

    they have got to redo their rules pretty soon, how much longer can a public body discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation?
  • BikerEd
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    edgex wrote: »
    they had the cheek to advertise on gaydar not so long ago
    that ad soon got pulled once id informed gaydar about it

    they have got to redo their rules pretty soon, how much longer can a public body discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation?
    Placing the advert was insensitive and clumsy.

    The discrimination needs to stay as long as there is a risk of taking infected blood. It isn't just gay many who are prevented from donating due to the risk of HIV, the restrictions are also applied to anyone who has taken drugs intravenously or who has paid for sex. No-one shouts about that being discrimination.
  • Hezzawithkids
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    Ravers wrote: »
    Hello Lovely People!
    If you're thinking of giving blood, please, please, please do!
    A few years ago after my daughter was born I needed an emergency transfusion. If it wasn't for lovely people who give blood, I wouldn't have had the chance to watch her blossom into a beautiful little girl, and give her a baby brother to grow up with.
    Thank you all.

    Same thing happened to me plus I'd been a regular donor since my eary 20's. However I'm banned from donating now because of the transfusion - it was in 1995 and anyone who has had a transfusion after 1986 is banned due to risk of CJD contamination. Yes, yes I'm a mad cow!!!:rotfl:
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  • babymoo
    babymoo Posts: 3,187 Forumite
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    Thanks to everyone who does! I would have died last year if it weren't for people like you :)
  • malihat
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    edited 25 September 2009 at 6:31PM
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    The stickers sound wonderful and I'd love to donate blood but I am anaemic :(
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    Same thing happened to me plus I'd been a regular donor since my eary 20's. However I'm banned from donating now because of the transfusion - it was in 1995 and anyone who has had a transfusion after 1986 is banned due to risk of CJD contamination. Yes, yes I'm a mad cow!!!:rotfl:

    I was in Vancouver on honeymoon when the September 11th 2001 attacks took place. There was a massive appeal put out for blood donors and we happened to drive past a hospital with an advertising banner outside.

    I went in to donate (being a regular donor here) but because I'm British they wouldn't take my blood because of the risk of vCJD, i.e. I'd eaten beef in the UK. It was a blanket policy.
  • hayleythedaisy
    hayleythedaisy Posts: 1,692 Forumite
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    I'm bumping this thread as it has been 6 months since it last appeared, everyone who did their first donation last time this appeared should be ready to give more if they haven't already.
    And for anyone who didn't see this last time.
    Thanks to all the donors and the people who would if they could. Your bravery and selflessness if helping this world be a better place and to keep mothers with their child, brothers with sisters, and friends and families together through the worst times. Well done you.
    Bump due 22nd September
  • Petlamb
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    edited 8 April 2010 at 5:16PM
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    BikerEd wrote: »
    Placing the advert was insensitive and clumsy.

    The discrimination needs to stay as long as there is a risk of taking infected blood. It isn't just gay many who are prevented from donating due to the risk of HIV, the restrictions are also applied to anyone who has taken drugs intravenously or who has paid for sex. No-one shouts about that being discrimination.

    Because that isn't discrimination, that's risky behaviour. HIV is actually spreading faster (worldwide) amongst Heterosexuals than Homosexuals. So there really is no valid reason in this day and age except dated prejudice for the blood service to continue with the rule.

    Either way, if I go longer than 6m between a piercing or tattoo, I'll donate regardless of the fact I think it's run by pillocks. The fact is it's needed and that's what matters.
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  • rachQ
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    Pleeeeeeeeeeease please please do this :)

    I was hit by a car in 2006... broke both legs, fractured my pelvis and ruptured my bladder, with a lot of internal bleeding. While in intensive care, I recieved 8 blood transfusions, which obviously played a big part in saving my life :)

    Unfortunately when I showed up at my local town hall hoping to give some back in February, I was informed that they won't accept blood donations from anybody who has recieved a transfusion since 1984 (I was born in '85!).

    It is a shame, as I was hoping to get my karma back in balance. I hope somebody will read this and be kind enough to save a life in honour of the donors who saved mine?
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