On Tuesday, I went to a sexual health clinic with a friend because she wanted a routine sexual health check up, so I said I'd be a good friend and have one done with her to make her feel better. This was all done in a really decent way, and one part of it was they had to take a very very small bit of blood to test for HIV / hepatitis, etc. Fine. I have no symptoms of said diseases, nor any other STD. I was due to give blood today, so asked the nurse at the clinic whether this would affect my donating. She said no. Great. I get my results in 2 weeks (positive they'll be negative
So today, the NHS donating blood 'bus' came to my student accommodation and asked us all to donate. I'd signed up a few days ago and was really quite excited (dunno why). So I got there, filled in medical form (all fine), then mentioned about the routine sexual health check up (as there's a small hole in my arm where they took blood). And the nurse asking me about my medical history was like 'Why? Why did you get checked up?' So I explained the story and she was like 'Well you can't give blood today, you might have HIV etc etc'. Because I was waiting for results, I couldn't give blood.
I got really frustrated because I DON'T have any diseases, and SO WHAT if I just got a ROUTINE check up?! I bet none of the other people on that donation 'bus' have just got their negative HIV results back in the post. She didn't seem to understand that it was ROUTINE, I didn't go to the sexual health clinic for a specific reason.
Therefore, today, I couldn't give blood. And it got me really really annoyed, because this lady was just being ridiculous.
Should she have let me given blood? Or is she right?
End of rant.