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Thread: Donating Blood - What I need to know?

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    Question Donating Blood - What I need to know?

    Guys, I have a blood donation appointment booked for March, do I need to go off TEST/EQ for this? Also do I describe to the nurse what am I using at the moment when they ask? (I believe they do a full blood test anyways) anything I need to know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgs59 View Post
    Guys, I have a blood donation appointment booked for March, do I need to go off TEST/EQ for this? Also do I describe to the nurse what am I using at the moment when they ask? (I believe they do a full blood test anyways) anything I need to know?
    No and no.
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    Not at all. have donated blood several times and never had a problem
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    Long list of electronic questions to answer. Certain questions you will obviously not answer honestly. They will be apparent to you.
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    No on everything

    Yes to I read everything

    Yes to healthy to donate
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    Certain questions you will obviously not answer honestly. They will be apparent to you.
    Lol, understated as always Kel.
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    Thanks guys, first time donation, didn't know what to expect...cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    Long list of electronic questions to answer. Certain questions you will obviously not answer honestly. They will be apparent to you.
    LOL! This cracked me up
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    There are two types of donation centers, donation and research. The second will accept your blood no matter what you answer to the questions, they use it for research not putting it back into human supply. The first sends it right to where it is needed. The Red Cross is an example. If you donate to a Red Cross, for instance, those questions are a little important. Particularly if you are on a medication that could hurt the receiver. In some instances, a medication you might be on, like Finasteride, which causes birth defects, would make a person with a conscious to seek other ways of getting rid of their excess blood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quester View Post
    There are two types of donation centers, donation and research. The second will accept your blood no matter what you answer to the questions, they use it for research not putting it back into human supply. The first sends it right to where it is needed. The Red Cross is an example. If you donate to a Red Cross, for instance, those questions are a little important. Particularly if you are on a medication that could hurt the receiver. In some instances, a medication you might be on, like Finasteride, which causes birth defects, would make a person with a conscious to seek other ways of getting rid of their excess blood.
    Yes it is red cross, I am not on anything else then Test and Nolva at the moment, adding EQ soon...

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    This is y I use to do home bleedings

    But, donating turned out to be much easier. I was always donating often when I was on a ton of gear - which now I def see as quite counterproductive


    Now, I donate 2-4x per year - and, I’m not on much anymore
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    Long list of electronic questions to answer. Certain questions you will obviously not answer honestly. They will be apparent to you.
    I wish I would’ve seen this answer a few years ago! I went to Red Cross, cocky and ready to donate only to roll my sleeves up and get the “price is right” loser tone! Turns out I’m FDA banned....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol.DirtyBastard View Post
    I wish I would’ve seen this answer a few years ago! I went to Red Cross, cocky and ready to donate only to roll my sleeves up and get the “price is right” loser tone! Turns out I’m FDA banned....

    Funny

    ODB what aspect specifically banned you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    ODB what aspect specifically banned you?
    I served overseas in Germany & UK during the 80’s & 90’s. Mad cow disease outbreak (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) was rampant. The FDA deferred anyone from donating once shipped back stateside. My whole family is affected. A lot of GI’s got caught up in that mess.
    It costs me about $200 locally for a therapeutic phlebotomy only for them to dispose of it before I even leave the infusion center.

    First I want to say for the record: don’t lie about stuff as in my situation. That’s a whole different ballpark when it comes to whole blood and the health of others. It was a snide wise crack at the FDA after 30 years. The ban hasn’t been lifted so I still play by the rules! No horns popped out of my forehead yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol.DirtyBastard View Post
    I served overseas in Germany & UK during the 80’s & 90’s. Mad cow disease outbreak (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) was rampant. The FDA deferred anyone from donating once shipped back stateside. My whole family is affected. A lot of GI’s got caught up in that mess.
    It costs me about $200 locally for a therapeutic phlebotomy only for them to dispose of it before I even leave the infusion center.

    First I want to say for the record: don’t lie about stuff as in my situation. That’s a whole different ballpark when it comes to whole blood and the health of others. It was a snide wise crack at the FDA after 30 years. The ban hasn’t been lifted so I still play by the rules! No horns popped out of my forehead yet...
    Understood. And thank you for your service.
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    All blood is screened, they can't just take your donation then fuck it in someone els and believe you told the truth.

    There was a big deal here in the uk with hep b in the 90's i am sure it was or late 80's in to the 90's It never came to light until several years ago and it was contaminated blood given to ppl during transfusions. Back then it was not screened but severely is now.

    So there would be no chance or very difficult to get contaminated blood giving to you. Well we hope.

    I donate every three months i have missed the last two -three as my haemoglobin was high so they refused me. I am on TRT and it has this on my slip and i am passed to donate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clarky. View Post
    All blood is screened, they can't just take your donation then fuck it in someone els and believe you told the truth.

    There was a big deal here in the uk with hep b in the 90's i am sure it was or late 80's in to the 90's It never came to light until several years ago and it was contaminated blood given to ppl during transfusions. Back then it was not screened but severely is now.

    So there would be no chance or very difficult to get contaminated blood giving to you. Well we hope.

    I donate every three months i have missed the last two -three as my haemoglobin was high so they refused me. I am on TRT and it has this on my slip and i am passed to donate.
    Understood, I know for fact that blood is tested before supplying to hospitals, was just wanted to confirm if lying about the use of gear is okay as they will know after the blood is tested that my test levels are way high so I am using test... Saying that I was worried that as they will have my record they might refuse to take the blood next time (or take other actions) as I lied about the use of test?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgs59 View Post
    Understood, I know for fact that blood is tested before supplying to hospitals, was just wanted to confirm if lying about the use of gear is okay as they will know after the blood is tested that my test levels are way high so I am using test... Saying that I was worried that as they will have my record they might refuse to take the blood next time (or take other actions) as I lied about the use of test?
    They don't test for testosterone levels .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgs59 View Post
    Understood, I know for fact that blood is tested before supplying to hospitals, was just wanted to confirm if lying about the use of gear is okay as they will know after the blood is tested that my test levels are way high so I am using test... Saying that I was worried that as they will have my record they might refuse to take the blood next time (or take other actions) as I lied about the use of test?
    I know what you ment.

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    They don't test for testosterone levels.
    Boom ^^
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    I always think about what if my blood loaded with hormones gets used on baby burn victim or some shit. I've been doing home phlebotomy if I'm blasting. It just didn't sit well with me. One of the things Ive over analyzed in my mind as im thinking about being a piece of shit at 3 am. Trt dose I will donate. I actually like helping people. I see how people say it's counter productive to our goals as body builders but I can deny it makese feel better. Ill start to get dizzy and lethargic when my crit gets elevated.

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    There are clinics, here in US (IDK how it works anywhere else), that accept blood even if it can't be donated to mainstream. The use it for research. Every time I go they use the question form.
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    It would be completely inaccurate to assume that anything which would hurt a receiver is tested for, i.e. meds like Finateride. The truth is that blood is only screened for infectious diseases.
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    Table: Tests Used to Screen Donated Blood
    Infectious Disease Pathogen Laboratory Tests Used Frequency of Tests
    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) detection
    Hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc) detection
    Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) for HBV
    Every donation
    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) Hepatitis C virus antibody (anti-HCV) detection
    Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) for HCV
    Every donation
    Human Immunodeficiency virus Types 1 and 2 (HIV) HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibody (anti-HIV-1 and anti-HIV-2) detection
    Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) for HIV-1
    Every donation
    Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Types I and II (HTLV) HTLV-I and HTLV-II antibody (anti-HTLV-I and anti-HTLV-II) detection Every donation
    Treponema pallidum (syphilis) Anti-treponemal antibody detection Every donation
    West Nile virus (WNV) Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) for WNV Every donation
    Zika Virus (ZIKV) Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) for ZikV. Every donation
    Bacterial Contamination Bacterial culture Every platelet donation
    Babesia Nucleic acid amplification test (NAT) and antibody for B. microti Performed on donations in Babesia-endemic regions
    Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease) T. cruzi antibody detection All first-time donors tested
    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) CMV antibody detection Performed on some donations for special needs recipients

    https://www.cdc.gov/bloodsafety/basics.html

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