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3/20/13 10:15 P

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Thanks for the info PHEBESS

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3/20/13 10:09 P

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There are a whole list of things they ask when you donate blood, including if you've ever been diagnosed with hepatitis, any STD, TB, malaria - and this includes HIV. All of these leave residual antibodies in the blood, which can (as in hepatitis and HIV) transmit the disease to someone else. Or, as with malaria or many STDs, just leave weird antibodies that someone with a compromised immune system might get ill from - as in someone receiving blood transfusions.

When I had schisto mansoni (a blood fluke, got it in Liberia, goes and messes up your liver) I was told NEVER to donate organs or blood - not that I would give someone the parasite, because we killed them - but because I have weird schisto antibodies in my organs and my blood and it could make someone sick. As in, REALLY sick.

However, medicine keeps changing, and there's always the possibility that some day these blood-born diseases can be cleaned out of someone's blood and the blood can be used.

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thank you my friend, we have had some struggles but were working through them together.

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3/20/13 9:12 P

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He's going to live a long full life my friend.

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3/20/13 9:02 P

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I don't have a problem with it, I am not personally diagnosed with HIV or AIDs but my husband has HIV and wouldn't volunteer to donate blood.

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3/20/13 8:51 P

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From what I understand, no.

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3/20/13 8:42 P

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can you donate platelets?

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3/20/13 8:41 P

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No, this hasn't been discussed before. Naturally, those who are HIV+ or have AIDS are rejected from donating blood. If my memory serves me correctly, when blood is drawn they are able to tell if the blood has the hiv antibody. Unfortunately, so many people got it through blood transfusions during the time period that the blood banks didn't test the blood.

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3/20/13 8:35 P

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I know that it can be a hot topic and I don't know if it has been brought up here recently, but it is worth talking over. It doesn't concern me personally, but it does many people including many of my dear spark friends here. What are your thoughts on how blood banks and hospitals deal with people who want to give blood and may either have HIV or are at a higher risk for contracting it?

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