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Organ/Blood/Bone marrow donation watch
View Poll Results: Are youA registered organ donor, registered bone marrow donor, and a regular blood donor?3315.94%A registered organ donor and a regular blood donor but not a registered bone marrow donor?4019.32%A registered organ donor only?5526.57%A regular blood donor only?167.73%Some other combination of the above?136.28%None of the above; but I would be at least some of these if I could2411.59%None of the above; I would but I'm scared115.31%None of the above; as I can't be arsed.157.25%Voters: 207. You may not vote on this poll
Last edited by Svenjamin; 26-05-2011 at 23:59.
- 26-05-2011 23:58
(Original post by Svenjamin)
- 27-05-2011 00:00
"You should not give blood if: You have received blood or think you may have received blood during the course of any medical treatment or procedure anywhere in the world since 1st January 1980."
It was brought into place because they were worried that vCJD could be passed via blood transfusion, so they set the barrier at 1980 to be well clear of the mad cow disease problems of the 90s.
- 27-05-2011 00:04
I'm an organ donor, and a would be regular blood donor. I went every 4 months after I turned 17, but in the past year I've had 3 piercings and been ill any other time I was eligible!
(Original post by Aemiliana)
- 27-05-2011 00:06
Okay, I get that, but what about an upper limit? Surely blood that may be contaminated with vCJD has cleared the system by now? Or am I just being epically stupid?
In any case, people who ate beef in the 90s could have CJD, but they can still donate, so the rule doesn't make much logical sense. More of a rule to avoid legal responsibility since you can't check in medical records whether someone ate beef, but you can check if they had a blood transfusion.Last edited by Svenjamin; 27-05-2011 at 00:10.
- 27-05-2011 00:10
I can't donate blood yet. I'm only 16
(Original post by boba)
- 27-05-2011 14:16
I think theres two types of ways of donating it and the most common is the less painful one where they take it out with blood and then theres the less common one where you are put to sleep and they actually take marrow out of your bone which is meant to be quite painful for a while afterwards.
as I understand it the second way is a lot less common but I don't think you get to decide I think it depends on exactly what the patient needs.
I plan on signing up as soon as I'm eligible and I really hope if I'm ever contacted its for the first type! not that I would actually say no if it was the second but I would prefer it not to be
From what I know they tend to use the second way for younger people because they can get rid of more of their bone marrow through radiotherapy, whereas older people only have chemotherapy to destroy their own bone marrow. I think it's also more common between sibling donors.
They can also use umbilical cords to donate stem cells, so that's another thing if you do have a baby remember to donate your umbilical cord and that could also save lives.
- 27-05-2011 16:40
I am an organ donor, but not blood as I dont weigh enough to be able to.
- Thread Starter
(Original post by AmroTT)
- 28-05-2011 23:00
I feel obliged to point out (ie, whinge) that as someone who has ever had sex with another man, I'm ineligible to ever donate blood or bone marrow, because of the associated risk of infection.
This doesn't sit well with me at all, but hey - discrimination, whatever the justification, comes with the territory.
The blood service have changed their policy to screening out "men who've had sex with a man in the past ten years". Which is still on the excessive side of cautious, and very likely would still exclude you, but they really don't want to ever repeat accidentally infecting people with HIV, as happened a fair bit in the 1980s, and the HIV prevalence in men who have sex with men (MSM) is 50 times that among heterosexuals, so blood donated by MSM is similarly about 50 times as risky, and there's always the risk of a lab screw up visavis testing. (EDIT: there's a thread on the topic here if you're interested).
And if you want to sign up as a potential bone marrow donor, you can do so as a MSM by signing up to the Anthony Nolan register. They have different rules to the NHS, basically because their policy is just to allow the potential donor to make a personal judgement as to whether their individual sexual practices are high risk or not.Last edited by Deebles; 28-05-2011 at 23:35.