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January is Blood Donor Month!

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SafetyNurse1968 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and specializes in Oncology, Home Health, Patient Safety.

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Are You a Blood Donor?

Why is January National Blood Donor Month? According to the American Red Cross, blood donations drop off during and right after the winter holidays. 13,000 donations are needed daily to keep the blood supply ready and available for the more than 2600 hospitals, clinics and cancer centers across the United States. 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 10% do so. This article discusses restrictions on blood donors, how blood is taken and processed and the history of blood donation. You are reading page 2 of January is Blood Donor Month!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Blood Donation Poll

  1. 1. What types of blood products have you donated?

    • 6
      Whole blood
    • 0
      Power Red
    • 0
      Plasma
    • 0
      Platelets
    • 2
      I don't donate blood/unable to donate
  2. 2. If you donate, how often do you do so?

    • 1
      As often as possible
    • 3
      Several times a year
    • 0
      Once a year
    • 0
      Just that one time
    • 2
      I've given a few times during my life
    • 1
      If someone really needs it/in an emergency or disaster
    • 1
      I can't donate
  3. 3. Have you ever received blood products?

    • 0
      Yes
    • 8
      No
  4. 4. If you don't donate blood, why not?

    • 4
      Not eligible
    • 1
      Too busy
    • 1
      Feeling weak/debilitated after donating (symptoms of anemia)
    • 0
      Risks involved with venipuncture
    • 0
      Fear of needles
    • 2
      Other

8 members have participated

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Why do they discriminate against homosexuals? If they’re clean they’re clean...

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SafetyNurse1968 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and specializes in Oncology, Home Health, Patient Safety.

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7 hours ago, HelpfulNatureHopeful said:

Why do they discriminate against homosexuals? If they’re clean they’re clean...

Thank you for bringing up this important topic. I found this quote from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation):

"The blood donation ban for men who have sex with men (MSM) was a restriction that prevented any man who had sex with another man, regardless of sexual orientation, from donating blood. Originating in 1983 during the height of the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the U.S., the policy was created as an emergency measure to prevent contamination of the U.S. blood supply by this deadly disease. The policy impacted MSM, women who have sex with MSM, and transgender people that could be considered MSM. Despite medical and diagnostic advances in the field of HIV, the FDA continued to enforce a lifetime ban on MSM from donating blood until 2015, when they reduced the lifetime deferral to 12 months from the most recent sexual contact. Though the change in policy is a step in the right direction, the current MSM blood donation deferral is based on questionable science and perpetuates a stigma against MSM while limiting the already scarce U.S. blood supply."

To read more click here: https://www.glaad.org/amp/ban-ban-argument-against-12-month-blood-donation-deferral-men-who-have-sex-men

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