blood donation and notification
May 18, 2006
Hey doc, Just wanted to say before i ask my question, that you provide a wonderful service and should be commended for your expertise and sacrifice. My question is this: About two weeks ago, i donated blood. I dont consider myself at risk, and i answered all questions honestly. Anyway, the other day, i called the blood bank to see if and when i could donate again. The woman on the phone gave me a date and the conversation ended. (I must admit that i had two motives in makeing this call. I would like to donate again, but i also wanted to know the status of my blood) Would the womans prompt response of my eligibility date mean that my blood has been approved for use?(I gave her my blood number, name, and date of birth) Finally, if my blood tested positive for anything, how long would it be until i was contacted about it? Lastly, how would the red cross notify me of any possible condition? (mail, telephone, etc.) Thank you for all of your help in this matter.
Response from Dr. Frascino
If you don't consider yourself at risk and answered all the questions honestly, I don't understand why you had a second motive for your call.
If, on the other hand, you have cause to be even slightly concerned that you may be HIV positive and decided to give blood anyway because you "wanted to know the status of my blood," that is unconscionable and immoral and you should be ashamed of yourself. Since I strongly hope this is not the case, I'll simply advise you that since you do not consider yourself at risk and answered all the questions honestly, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Right?
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