Re: question about donating blood/bruising
The cool thing about donating blood is that, if you're a worrier like me, you don't have to be. Someone with HIV could outright lie and say they were normal, and it wouldn't really matter, because the Red Cross or whoever's taking the donation will scrupulously check the blood before sending it to a hospital for transplantation. They screen it for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STD's, and all sorts of other problems. I'm not an expert, but I don't think that cancer can be passed through the blood, unless it's leukemia or some other cancer of the blood. If this still doesn't alleviate your fears, you're also grilled before you even get your iron levels checked. They ask you every pertinent question that would be relevant such as "Have you ever had sex with a man who might have AIDS?" and "Have you been outside of the country in the past year?" You're not even allowed to donate if you've gotten a piercing or tattoo within the past year for fear of infection- that's how thorough they are! If you're still concerned about the whole cancer thing, mention it during the questioning session for clarification. I've donated twice at my school, and I was the same as you- I had a sniffle that day and I had taken Advil, so I was paranoid that I would transmit some horrible disease. It wasn't until I got my donor card that I was okay! LOL! By the way, what blood type are you? I'm A-...
"Not everything that steps out of line, and thus 'abnormal,' must necessarily be 'inferior.'"
Last edited by GatsbyLuvr1920; 07-10-2005 at 10:10 PM.