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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

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Old 12-28-2011, 12:26 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I am O-

I've never donated blood, but have recieved some!

I would like to give back though, what other qualifications must you have (or not)?
It's great that you want to give back, D217!
Here are the donation requirements per the American Red Cross web site: Eligibility Requirements | American Red Cross

I'm AB+ and a regular blood donor; have donated 134 units so far (over 16.5 gallons). I've only been lightheaded one time after donating, and it was the only time that I had an empty stomach when I went to donate. That was over 30 years ago, and now I always eat a little something at least within a couple hours before donating. Never have a problem now.

I have an interesting little card on my desk that the Red Cross gave me a while back. It includes this chart that shows the different blood types, who may give each type and who may receive each type.



The card also shows the percentages of people who have each blood type:
O+ 38%
O- 7%
A+ 34%
A- 6%
B+ 9%
B- 2%
AB+ 3%
AB- 1%
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Oh, well I've recieved a transfusion....Wow, so I can't give back then, ok.
Don't give up! The Red Cross web site says this about potential donors who've had blood transfusions:

"Wait for 12 months after receiving a blood transfusion from another person in the United States."

There are some restrictions if you've received transfusions in countries other than the U.S.

Again, visit the Red Cross site for detailed info: Eligibility Criteria by Topic | American Red Cross
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: in your dreams
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Don't give up! The Red Cross web site says this about potential donors who've had blood transfusions:

"Wait for 12 months after receiving a blood transfusion from another person in the United States."

There are some restrictions if you've received transfusions in countries other than the U.S.

Again, visit the Red Cross site for detailed info: Eligibility Criteria by Topic | American Red Cross

Thanks for the info!

It's been about 5yrs, and I wasn't sick or anything, just lost alot of blood due to a medical emergency...

I'd really like to donate. I am O-, and I know we can only recieve from other O-'s!

Thanks again, I will look into it!
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Well, according SE Community Blood Center, I'm A+, but I was born O+. Apparently, it's something I've inherited from my Dad's side.Anyone mind explaining this?
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Here + There = Everywhere
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Well, according SE Community Blood Center, I'm A+, but I was born O+. Apparently, it's something I've inherited from my Dad's side.Anyone mind explaining this?
I will look a little bit deeper into this as I am getting a few claims like that. It could be that you are A, but 0 recessive and one test shown the recessive trait and the other the dominant trait.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Here is a chart that shows geographical variation in blood types. Our forum has twice as many Negatives as would be expected. (Click 'show' on the chart beneath this one, for racial and ethnic distribution.)

Blood type - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:41 AM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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The Wikipedia chart makes sense to me being my ancestry is in the european countries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_t...ion_by_country
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Old 01-22-2012, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I know my blood type because I was a frequent blood donor, but I don't agree that everyone needs to know their type. Unless you are visiting a country like China where blood of your type is not readily available for transfusion, what is the point? Under normal circumstances, an American hospital will type and cross match before a transfusion. The cross match will prevent someone from receiving an incompatible blood type.

In terms of pregnancy, the Rh- expectant mother's blood will be periodically tested, as it should be. There are way too many cases where the husband and/or putative father is not the biological father. If testing reveals a problem, Mother gets a shot, future baby protected. No need to know "father's" blood type.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Here + There = Everywhere
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Just a quick reminder: If you do not know your blood type, please vote for that option to help us get an idea of how many people are unaware of what they are.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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The last time my doctor ordered a blood test for me, I told him I'd like to know what my blood type is, so he noted that on his lab order. When I got to the lab, they told me they would charge me $40 to type my blood, and my insurance would not pay for it. So, needless to say, I have no idea what my blood type is.
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