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View Poll Results: Do you know your blood type?
0+ 32 24.24%
A+ 29 21.97%
B+ 13 9.85%
AB+ 8 6.06%
0- 14 10.61%
A- 11 8.33%
B- 5 3.79%
AB- 8 6.06%
I do not know my blood type 11 8.33%
I know my blood type but rather not say 1 0.76%
Voters: 132. You may not vote on this poll

Old 12-10-2012, 05:37 PM
Location: Temporarily, in Limerick
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Originally Posted by lovesMountains View Post
How can people get to be grown adults in a civilized society and NOT know their blood type???

O positive here btw.
I discovered my type (B-) only several years ago by purchasing an online blood test for $20-ish. I'd asked drs to take it several times over the years... was told by each one that my insurance wouldn't cover it as it wasn't a medical necessity & the cost was hundreds. In those days, that was more than a week's pay, so it remained a mystery 'til I was curious about blood type & heritage & realized I could test on my own.

To each his/her own & this may be controversial, but, I never needed to know. No marriage, no kids, can't donate blood as I've had chronic anemia my entire life, never needed blood donations for survival & in the few times blood was suggested for surgery, I refused... I don't want anyone else's blood or body parts & really don't care to donate mine. Incidentally, I've had relatives who've died from illnesses gotten from bad blood during surgery. They lived awful, painful lives before their slow deaths. Believe what you will... we all are entitled to decide for ourselves.

My curiosity is now satiated, but knowing I'm B- hasn't changed or enhanced my life in any way.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:47 AM
Location: Here + There = Everywhere
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Originally Posted by PAhippo View Post
Where do you think the pharmaceutical companies are even involved in blood donation?

To my knowledge, (34+ yrs in a medical lab) they're not. Could be wrong of course-may be I'm missing something-unless it's the preservative that's in the unit.

The policy of paying donors was tried a few yrs ago. Nobody wanted that blood because (right or wrong) the feeling was that drug addicts donated to get money for drugs.
Aren't potential donors tested for the use of drugs? OK, let's be broaders: The medical/insurance industry.

A transfusion costs up to 3,500 USD. So why do the blood banks not demand at least 200 USD to be given to the donor, build a solid database of 0 negatives and there is no blood shortage?

The cost of blood transfusion would primarily depend on the location of the hospital you use. The hospital itself can impose different prices for the procedure. Another factor considered when a person need to have a blood transfusion is how rare the blood of the person is since there is a possibility that a rare blood type is in short supply. On average, the procedure is going to cost anywhere from $1,300 to as much as $3,500 per unit of blood.
Are there enough incentives to donate blood? | Rhesus Negative
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:00 AM
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I have no idea. I guess I should ask my dr.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:40 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Originally Posted by brava4 View Post
I have no idea. I guess I should ask my dr.
He has no idea, either. It has never been tested. You can ask a lab to test your blood for type, but they will charge you 25 bucks and insurance won't pay. I had surgery a few months ago, and they told me the pre-op blood draw would indicate my blood type, but I asked later, and it didn't. They didn't test for it, even though I signed a form authorizing a transfusion if necessary.

Believe me -- if you ever need blood, they will type your blood before they give you the transfusion, they won't just take your word for it or read it off a card in your wallet.

I once got a drivers license in a country that prints the blood type on the DL. At the end of a long day of processing, they asked my my blood type. Rather than have to go through more delays, I just said A-, and they printed it on my license. I still have no idea what my type is, and my DL lied.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:57 PM
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:15 AM
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I'm AB-, the rarest blood type. I used to never give blood because I figured too few people need it, and if I understand correctly, all people with this blood type can accept all negative blood. A nurse explained to me though that it's best to give AB- people actual AB- blood, so I've been donating regularly for years now. They make it easy to do so in the armed forces. I wish more businesses would make it as convenient as the services make it for us. There would be a lot more donors.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:00 PM
Location: Boone, NC
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I even have a handy blood donor card in wallet that tells me.
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