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Do you donate blood? Why do you donate? Or why do you not donate? What concerns do you have with regards to donating blood?

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I donate blood regularly and know that each blood donation can be used to help 3 human beings. Given the huge requirements for becoming an ideal donor, many people do not qualify as a donor. Hence, people who are eligible to donate blood should contribute to this charitable cause.

I find that different people have different concerns with respect to blood donation ranging from religious restrictions to health fears. Red Cross tells me that there are no adverse effects to donating blood very 3 months and if the blood is found unsuitable then the donor is notified to undertake further tests. Please go to Red Cross website or speak to a customer service officer to learn more about blood donations.
Have done so plenty of times in the past, yet on my last donation in Melbourne, the experience was off-putting. Have found other ways to contribute to charity.
I used to give blood and I still would if I could. I got to five donations before the blood bank people suggested that since it takes me so long to recover afterwards I should probably stop. If you've never donated, don't worry, that's not a normal reaction and probably won't happen to you. Most people are out of there and enjoying their free tea and biscuits in minutes.

I'm taking partial credit for my husband donating since I nagged him into going the first time. He's nearly up to 250 donations now because he gives plasma instead of whole blood so he can donate more often.

I think everyone who can do it should since blood and blood products are so badly needed, and you never know if you might need to be the recipient of them one day. It's such a small sacrifice to potentially save someone's life.
I donated blood in the UK, but since living in Australia, I'm prohibited from donating due to the risk of VcJd (mad cows disease), which expats have a slim chance of having been exposed to. Happy to abide by the rules of the country that I now call home, but it's a shame that I am unable to donate.
Unfortunately I fall into the same category as Helen, and not allowed to donate blood due to living in the UK previously. It's a bit of a shame really
by EricaL
Yes - me too. Happily gave blood with no problems until Australian Health Authorities decided to ban anyone who had lived in the UK within a certain timeframe from giving blood. What a waste as after 20/30? years, at 70 I have no symptoms of CJD, although some might say I am a "mad cow".
by norma
I was always really scared about donating blood, but I finally worked myself up to it. Unfortunately I also tend to get runny noses a lot. So it's always a pain trying to book a time when I'm 100% healthy. Hopefully once summer rolls around I'll finally be able to donate for the first time.
I try my best to donate blood regularly, however, after having children, the regularity has declined significantly due to various reasons. While I was at University, I donated at every 12 week intervals.
Sadly I don't.

I have extremely low blood pressure.
I'm proud to say I'm nearing 50 donations, many of which are platelet donations that go to children with leukaemia.
I have donated twice. Unfortunately, I nearly passed out the second time and was advised not to return any time soon.
by Vee
I donate when I can. Sometimes I miss a three month donation because I'm not feeling up to it but I have donated many times now and will continue to do so. It is a rewarding experience.
I started donating when i was 18, so i could get time of work, sit in a big red PVC armchair & drink orange cordial! In March í16, I donated my 100th pint of blood. Iím allowed to keep donating until Iím 71. I have a milkshake afterwards, with 2 hot slices of raisin toast while i read the newspaper, then can help my self to crackers, Mars-Bars & other yummy foods, on my way out! Every December I can pick up my free diary as well, which i always keep in my handbag. Itís wonderful to think that every pint of my blood saves 3 lives.
No, I don't donate blood, I have thought about it, because I do beleive it's a worthy cause, it just frightens me having a needle in my arm for an hour!
Would if I could, but I can't ('cos I'm a sook with needles!), so I don't. I should as I don't have a 'common' type (B-), but I just can't bring myself to be a pin cushion. :(
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