Originally Posted by veganinohio
What's up with Scotland? What blood born diseases can you get from those nasty Scots? I'm out of the running for giving blood for a while, having been to India and Africa too recently, but Scotland? That was an odd one to me.
BSE. When you've been in the UK in the years that they didn't check for BSE at the slaughterhouse, you could have got cjd (creutzfeld jakob decise, nickname "human bse")
Because there isn't a good test for cjd for blood donors, they do not accept these people as donor.
Originally Posted by MollyGoat
Blood prices? I thought people only got paid for plasma. I've never heard of someone selling their blood....
Anyway, sorry, but I don't understand the connection.
Originally Posted by kristadb
blood prices? what is everyone talking about?
In Canada, you donate your blood and go home. If you give a number of times (I think 50+), you get to choose where your blood goes (ie ER, babies, burns, etc).
iirc it is only America where blood donors get paid by the bloodbanks.
European blood banks do not, (and are not allowed to) pay blood donors.
If you are a regular donor, you can get a bumpersticker and after a number of times you get a tie pin or something like that. Very regular donors might get invited for a dinner evening once a year.
I worked for a bloodbank. Even when the bloodbank takes your blood in or near the hospital, it is a separate institute.
A plastic bag for blood is about $25,- plus rent for the place, nurses, machines, freezers, radiation, tests
(we froze the blood and could keep it stored for two years)
Iirc a pint of whole blood was $75.- for customers. Customers = hospitals.
If the hospital has special wishes, the blood is extra processed and the selling price goes up.
Very special blood, like..um.birth cord blood for babies was very expensive.
Same goes for HLA matched blood for bone marrow operations.
Originally Posted by kpickell
make sure you not one of them homosexual vegans. those aren't allowed.
Maybe in America, not in Europe. (iirc) Gay people with a steady relationship can donate.
Straight people are asked if they had changing sexual contacts in the last x months.
Cause straight people who *uck around are as risky as anyone else.