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    (Original post by bono)
    HIV.
    You're not at risk of contracting HIV from giving blood, they use a new, sealed, sterile needle for every person.
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    (Original post by Kurdt Morello)
    Good man!
    Kurdt I never added you to MSN. What's your addy?
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    (Original post by Kurdt Morello)
    Good man!
    There's always the option of becoming a girl and still liking girls....
    *puts images into Gimp's and Kurt's minds*
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    (Original post by suspicious_fish)
    There's always the option of becoming a girl and still liking girls....
    *puts images into Gimp's and Kurt's minds*
    no thanks
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    (Original post by suspicious_fish)
    There's always the option of becoming a girl and still liking girls....
    *puts images into Gimp's and Kurt's minds*
    Heh I'm incorruptably innocent. Honest!
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    (Original post by Kurdt Morello)
    no thanks
    On that subject, can I ask you a question?
    Just what is it about lesbianism that men find such a turn-on?

    edit: *tumbleweed.....*
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    (Original post by suspicious_fish)
    You're not at risk of contracting HIV from giving blood, they use a new, sealed, sterile needle for every person.
    Right.

    I remember a person saying "the risk of HIV by giving blood is very small, less than it used to be", which obviously implies that there is still a risk.

    But thanks anyway.
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    (Original post by bono)
    Right.

    I remember a person saying "the risk of HIV by giving blood is very small, less than it used to be", which obviously implies that there is still a risk.

    But thanks anyway.
    I would say the risk is nil, for the reasons I stated before.
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    I want to because it's a good thing to do, but I don't know why but I always go really faint when this sort of stuff happens. I'm not usually like this, I mean I can talk about it and stuff but the fact that it's my blood theyre taking, I'm quite sure I'll go all spinny if I actually do it.

    In year 9 I didn't even want my blood pressure tested cos of that black thing that tightened round your arm... made me feel really weird. :confused:

    Anyway I probably will, keep whatever organ that makes blood on its toes!
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    I don't think I'll be able to give blood... I have no veins, and when a vein is eventually found it is so thin and thready that it splits and gets all swollen and leaves HUGE bruises... It took three doctors and a nurse to find a vein that could actually be used...
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    (Original post by me!)
    I don't think I'll be able to give blood... I have no veins, and when a vein is eventually found it is so thin and thready that it splits and gets all swollen and leaves HUGE bruises... It took three doctors and a nurse to find a vein that could actually be used...
    Ouch.
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    (Original post by suspicious_fish)
    I would say the risk is nil, for the reasons I stated before.
    Yep.
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    (Original post by me!)
    I don't think I'll be able to give blood... I have no veins, and when a vein is eventually found it is so thin and thready that it splits and gets all swollen and leaves HUGE bruises... It took three doctors and a nurse to find a vein that could actually be used...
    I seem to have no veins either. Last time I had to have a blood test they were prodding about in my left arm for quite a time, then they moved to my right arm where they again failed (;eaving painful bruises on both, as you say). They eventually resorted to the back of my knee, which was SERIOUSLY painful. But I'm going to at least try to give blood all the same.... least I can do, I spose.
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    I've been a regular member for a year (since I was seventeen) I'm O neg, so I always get sent things. I actually wished to be that type before I even knew, heh. And I signed up to be a bone-marrow donor last time I donated - it's all such an amazing thing to do, knowing that just as an ordinary person you can help so much
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    I'm going to give blood for the second time next Thursday. I think its very important - my Dad had cancer a while back and if someone's blood had not been available for him then he would have most likely died. He can't give blood anymore as he's had a transfusion, and had chemo and radiotherapy, however its given me the incentive to make sure someone else has a chance to live. I don't need that blood anyway, and it may save someone else. My mum has given blood about 35 times, which i think i pretty amazing.
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    They wont want me I'm anaemic also I just had glandular fever.
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    (Original post by Chicken)
    I'm going to give blood for the second time next Thursday. I think its very important - my Dad had cancer a while back and if someone's blood had not been available for him then he would have most likely died. He can give blood anymore as he's had a transfusion, and had chemo and radiotherapy, however its given me the incentive to make sure someone else has a chance to live. I don't need that blood anyway, and it may save someone else. My mum has given blood about 35 times, which i think i pretty amazing.
    Good for you - that's excellent! I'm always trying to encourage friends to donate - what's a bit of blood to us, when it could be a life to someone else, after all?

    Plus you get cookies and tea afterwards Mind, I'm asking for local anasthetic next time; they always have issues with my veins, rather painful...
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    (Original post by lucerna)
    Good for you - that's excellent! I'm always trying to encourage friends to donate - what's a bit of blood to us, when it could be a life to someone else, after all?

    Plus you get cookies and tea afterwards Mind, I'm asking for local anasthetic next time; they always have issues with my veins, rather painful...
    I have issues with my veins as well...last time he put the pressure thing at the top of my arm and in the end had to do it up so tight before he found a vein, by which time my entire arm had pins and needles. Then he put the needle in and i really wanted to bend my arm to get rid of the pins and needles, however i couldn;t cos i would've stabbed myself! However it hasn't put me off - i had to have a blood test last month and the nurse found a vein near straight away so hopefully they are being co-operative now!
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    (Original post by zazy)
    It's not.. don't think soo..My sis has had 20 (or more)Lp's just a bit of a backache
    ive heard if the shringe hits a nerve it can leave some1 paralised for life. well this is true for a caserian when a child is born as they have to inject into the spine then so im guessing its the same
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    (Original post by zazy)
    Syringe into the spine i think..
    I've seen an LP not sure
    I think for bone marrow, they actually take it from your pelvis (under local or general anaesthetic). However, when you register as a bone marrow donor, they don't actually take the marrow - you can do it at the same time as giving blood, and they just take an extra blood sample during your donation. You can register at other times - I'm going to be a volunteer bone marrow counsellor, which basically means helping at donation sessions, taking people's history and talking through what it will involve if they do have to donate.

    Anyway - what I was saying is - you don't have to actually give marrow at the time, it's just a blood sample. Then if you are a match for someone at any time in the future, you will be called in for the proper donation. I'd say it's definitely worth it - the more people there are on the register, the better chance of there being a match for someone. You have to be 18 though.

    Bono - the risk of catching HIV from giving blood is nil, I would say, seeing as a new, sterile needle is used each time. The risk from receiving blood is also now negligible.
 
 
 
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