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Where can we get type ab blood donor?

Where can we get type ab blood donor?

Not necessary: Type ab is the rarest blood type. It is the only "universal recipient" meaning those with type ab can accept type o, type a, type b and type ab without reactions. The only people who type ab's can donate to are their fellow type ab's, but if you are type ab you can accept anyone's blood! ...Read more

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A few years ago I had mononucleose, can I be blood donor?

A few years ago I had mononucleose, can I be blood donor?

Family practice: Yes you can. They always screen you for certain illnesses that would prevent you from donating. Most people have been exposed to the virus. Unless you have active illness you should be able to donate. ...Read more

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If blood donor has predisposition to an illness does this pass on to recipient?

If blood donor has predisposition to an illness does this pass on to recipient?

No: Donor red cells live for a maximum of 120 days and other cells for just a few days. An infectious agent in donor blood may affect the recipient, but blood banks do such a good job of screening that the risk is less than 1 in a million. ...Read more

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How old must one be to become a kidney and blood donor?

How old must one be to become a kidney and blood donor?

Age: For kidney donor- 18 yrs and above.
Please see this link for more info
http://www. Unos. Org/docs/living_donation. Pdf

for blood donor-•to donate whole blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent form*) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Please see this link for more info
http://www. Lifesource. Org/donate-blood/eligibility/basic-qualifications/. ...Read more

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How long does HIV take to show up on a blood donor test?

How long does HIV take to show up on a blood donor test?

Depend when infected: Someone with an acute HIV infection may not show HIV antibody in the blood when tested; however a viral load count and p24 antigen test may detect the virus. Normally the HIV antibody will be positive by sixth week after an infection. ...Read more

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Will any vaccinations exclude a person from being a blood donor?

Will any vaccinations exclude a person from being a blood donor?

MMR, Chicken pox and: Mmr, varicella (chicken pox) and yellow fever all have a 4 week waiting period until blood can be donated. ...Read more

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I am a blood donor and have been told that I am a bromelin auto. What does it mean?

Nothing: This is a lab curiosity that may make it a bit more tricky for the blood bank to be sure that your blood is safe for the next person. It should have no health implications to you. ...Read more

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My partner is a regular blood donor and has frequent medical check ups. Does this imply that he is stis safe?

My partner is a regular blood donor and has frequent medical check ups. Does this imply that he is stis safe?

Not necessarily: If a person is a voluntary blood donor should know how to prevent high risk behavior that may jeopardize his or her health and the blood to be transfused. Blood tests are performed to confirm that the donor has not been exposed to possible transfusion transmitted diseases, but there is always a chance of having a false negative result if the exposure to a disease is recent (days or weeks). ...Read more

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Iron was 208 3mos ago/ferritin high for a blood donor, stopped iron supplimentx3mo, Hg now higher 15.2 (14 before), potential causes?

Iron was 208 3mos ago/ferritin high for a blood donor, stopped iron supplimentx3mo, Hg now higher 15.2 (14 before), potential causes?

Dehydration: It may be that you were not properly hydrated when blood was drawn for hemoglobin testing. Next time you donate blood, drink plenty of water before going to the donor center and ask them to do hemoglobin determination. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can a person with beta thalassemia trait be a blood donor?

Can a person with beta thalassemia trait be a blood donor?

Yes, but unlikely: A person with beta thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic. If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more difficult time making hemoglobin (to make new red blood cells), he may not wish to be a blood donor. ...Read more

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I am 56 male regular every 70 day blood donor AB positive RH negative. 5 monyhs back my hemoglobin count went from my usual 14.7 dropping to 7.3. My m?

I am 56 male regular every 70 day blood donor AB positive RH negative. 5 monyhs back my hemoglobin count went from my usual 14.7 dropping to 7.3. My m?

This could be seriou: Drop of Hemoglobin (Hb) is a result of something serious going on in your body. So you should recheck your blood (CBC) and go see your doctor for medical check up and further tests to find the cause of this degree of anemia. Time is of essence, so do not delay it. ...Read more

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Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?

Can a patient receiving multiple blood and plasma transfusions test positive for THC if the blood donor had recently used marijauna?

Not likely: The amount of thc in blood or blood products is not likely to cause a positive urine test. You are more likely to get a positive test from exposure to second hand marijuana smoke. ...Read more

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A blood donor suspected case of hep c got 2 anti HCV test done 1. Value 0.06 (cut off 1.00) 2. Value 0.869 (cut off 0.361) sgot 33 sgpt 35.Advice?

A blood donor suspected case of hep c got 2 anti HCV test done 1. Value 0.06 (cut off 1.00) 2. Value 0.869 (cut off 0.361) sgot 33 sgpt 35.Advice?

HCV viral load: His doctor can request for a qualitative pcr test to determine if the virus is in his bloodstream. More specifically, a test called quantitative pcr or ddna test can check for presence of hep c virus and to figure out the person's viral load (the amount of hep c virus in a measurement of blood). ...Read more

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I've had crampy feelings above my navel for3 MONTHS but no pain at night and a bit of lower back ache iam a blood donor and they take my blood ok thank?

I've had crampy feelings above my navel for3 MONTHS but no pain at night and a bit of lower back ache iam a blood donor and they take my blood ok thank?

Need closer eval: I am not sure what you have available to you in the UK but need to see your doctor. The area that you talk about could be the small bowel or any of several organs. See the doctor as a intrabdominal issue could explain the problem. The blood donation is a non issue. ...Read more

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3 painless reddish skin colored bumps with white center on penile head. 2 monogamous relationships over the past 6 years red cross blood donor. Std?

3 painless reddish skin colored bumps with white center on penile head. 2 monogamous relationships over the past 6 years red cross blood donor. Std?

Possibly: Sounds like might be condyloma (/type of genital warts). Should get checked (& partner if positive). If the only "std" then should not interfere with future blood donation. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is person with a not so common blood type, o neg, harder to find a donor for?

Depends: For a true crossmatch, possibly. But males are often given 0+ blood due to lack of availability of adequate 0-, which is reserved for females of childbearing (/pre-childbearing) ages. We always need donors to keep the blood supply supplied. Call 1-800-red-cross to find a donor center near you! ...Read more

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Is donor blood checked before given to someone in need of it?

Is donor blood checked before given to someone in need of it?

Absolutely: Yes, the red cross protocols test for a variety of infectious diseases to insure a safe blood supply. There is a very low infection risk in receiving blood or blood product transfusion in the us. Donors are always in great demand...If eligible, donate! ...Read more

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Am I safer getting my own or family blood compared to donor if transfused?

Am I safer getting my own or family blood compared to donor if transfused?

Usually yes: Usually you know your family's medical history but you never know for sure. ...Read more

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What will happen to a person after receiving a blood from a donor with colds during the donation?

What will happen to a person after receiving a blood from a donor with colds during the donation?

Depends: Probably nothing if your immune system is strong and functioning and if you have immunity to the particular virus or bacteria. Otherwise you might suffer the symptoms of the infections. ...Read more

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Hi! I need some help. My boss asking me to find some service to transport donor blood from usa to kazakhstan. If it's possible could you advice some?

Red Cross: The international red cross is a possibility since they are experienced in collecting and banking blood as well as experience in dealing with international disaster. Another possibility is to contact an international medical organization such as doctors without borders. If these groups do not do this directly, they may be able to help you find someone who does. ...Read more

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Could I still be an organ donor if I can't give blood?

It depends on...: You will be tested thoroughly before organ donation....and organ functions will be checked along with transmissible, chronic diseases......you will not be able to donate blood but under special conditions you may donate organ ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect will you have if you received blood from a pre-cancerous donor?

I'm wondering what effect will you have if you received blood from a pre-cancerous donor?

You will never know: We all are at some stage of "pre-cancerous-ness." with the strict guidelines in place for blood product usage in the us due to its limited availability, the potential risk you ask about is far outweighed by the therapeutic benefit of the transfusion. Donors must be generally healthy and blood is tested, so would be very very early and not likely in blood from a starting solid tumor. ...Read more

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If a patient is transfused with hyperbilirubinated blood because the donor has gilbert syndrome, will it affect the patient?

Thank your liver: If that were to happen, it would most likely be processed just as if it was the recipient's own bolus of bilirubin, by the liver, and excreted. Should not have any significant / lasting effect unless liver function an issue. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits to being a blood or platelet donor?

Are there any health benefits to being a blood or platelet donor?

Blood donation: THere are some people with blood disorders for which it is necessary to do frequent phlebotomy (blood drawing). However, for normal people, I think the only health benefit of blood product donation is psychological. Knowing this relatively small thing can be life saving can be quite gratifying! ...Read more