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Before I got into this I was a regular blood donor. I've stopped donating for now because it said something about you shouldn't give for at least 6 months if you have paid...etc 

They have actually started ringing me now to find out why I have stopped and if it was a medical reason would I care to disclose (I didn't). I know i'm not obliged to tell them but has anyone else had this?

Come to think of it is anyone else still regularly giving blood?

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Before I got into this I was a regular blood donor. I've stopped donating for now because it said something about you shouldn't give for at least 6 months if you have paid...etc 

They have actually started ringing me now to find out why I have stopped and if it was a medical reason would I care to disclose (I didn't). I know i'm not obliged to tell them but has anyone else had this?

Come to think of it is anyone else still regularly giving blood?

I know I officially cannot ever give blood now, if you have been paid for sex then they say you are too high risk. I think it's a 12 month ban for those who pay for sex. If I was receiving phone calls asking such sensitive questions, after their rules prevented me in the first place I'd be writing in to complain. Hardly sensitive nor discrete.

 

I have a jolly good idea the majority of punters and many SPs do give blood, that they simply don't say anything. It's supposedly because we are all at much higher risk of carrying HIV, this is questionable but hey ho we don't make the rules.

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I gave blood from the age of 18 till around 60, or whatever age it is when they bar you on the grounds that people don't want old peoples blood. I never disclosed that I was visiting escorts, on the solid assumption that the tests done on blood would weed out any "contaminated" samples.

 

In all my years I have never had a letter or call to ask me to go for further tests. I am confident that my blood has been free from any infection and might even have done some good. I hope so. I have also been the recipient of donated blood for which I was, and still am, very grateful.

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I gave blood from the age of 18 till around 60, or whatever age it is when they bar you on the grounds that people don't want old peoples blood. I never disclosed that I was visiting escorts, on the solid assumption that the tests done on blood would weed out any "contaminated" samples.

 

In all my years I have never had a letter or call to ask me to go for further tests. I am confident that my blood has been free from any infection and might even have done some good. I hope so. I have also been the recipient of donated blood for which I was, and still am, very grateful.

Are you referring to the bit before you give blood, where the nurse pricks your finger and it has to drop to the bottom of the tube?

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Are you referring to the bit before you give blood, where the nurse pricks your finger and it has to drop to the bottom of the tube?

No that's to check that you have enough energy to give blood. Actually "energy" is the wrong term but I can't remember the correct term. It's something to do with your haemoglobin count, which is a measure of your general well being. If you are fit enough they will take a pint; if not you will get a free cup of tea and some biscuits.

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I donated blood regularly when I lived in Europe ( prior to my punting adventures)...then after I moved back to the US I found out that (regardless of sexual history) I couldn't donate anywhere: in the States they wouldn't take blood from anybody who's lived for more than 6 months in an area with mad cow disease ( for fear of passing on CJD)...and they wouldn't take donations from anybody who's lived in eastern USA for fear of passing on Lymes Disease (I'm not making this up!!)

Anyhoo..I did my bit.

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I no longer give blood because they made it impossible for me to do so in terms of convenient times/locations.

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I know I officially cannot ever give blood now, if you have been paid for sex then they say you are too high risk. I think it's a 12 month ban for those who pay for sex.

 

Perhaps some WGs do have a higher risk of HIV, but, over all, I'd have thought that actually, with condoms and regular checks, their risk was much lower than that of Mrs/Miss Average, who has only ever slept with her husband/boyfriend (and by proxy, everyone that he's slept with too) and never has a check up until disaster strikes (or she gets pregnant).

 

A lady recently told me that men who have sex with men, however, are not banned, even though they consistently show a higher infection rate than heteros. This, presumably, puts recipients of blood transfusions at risk, and/or more dependant on the screening of each and every donation being 100% reliable. One assumes that this is simply that the homosexual lobby is strong, and well represented in politics?

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The NHS is chronically short of blood; the testing regime is fool proof; Isn't it time that a little common sense was allowed in?

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The NHS is chronically short of blood; the testing regime is fool proof; Isn't it time that a little common sense was allowed in?

Yep and I keep getting reminders about this. I know i'm perfectly healthy, I've seen 3 girls who were all professional and I am confident they are perfect but if I lie and go ahead and donate...How much of a risk am I?

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Yep and I keep getting reminders about this. I know i'm perfectly healthy, I've seen 3 girls who were all professional and I am confident they are perfect but if I lie and go ahead and donate...How much of a risk am I?

By my reckoning and in my experience not at all. I have been giving blood since that age of 18 and have visited escorts from the age of 28. I stopped giving blood at 65 when they said I was too old. There is NO RISK to you as a donor.

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I gave blood several times years ago before getting into this industry. I never went back to start again as I read somewhere that I cant because of my profession. I guess the money the guys hand over must be loaded with invisible infections that somehow burrow through our skin and are undetectable  to all modern sti testing and blood testing techniques ... :cool:

 

...antiquated rule born in the years before sti and blood testing were as advanced as they are today. Would someone really refuse blood taken from a medically declared fit, well and infection free prostitute if it meant someone dying. I have a rare-ish blood group, I can't even remember which one it is, my kids had to have injections as soon as they were born because my blood would produce anti-bodies against theirs if they mixed during the birth. I had to have bloods take once a fortnight through each pregnancy to check for anti-bodies. Someone might need my blood one day but they cant have it...seriously ridiculous. :mad:

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Ths actually makes me really angry as I would really like to give blood. Why is my blood not as good as anyone else's and why earth shouldn't I be able to? I have always used condoms and get regular health checks. If I didn't tell them and gave blood would this be a criminal offence? Is there actually a legitimate reason for this? Do they just assume we are all bareback skanks who must be injecting heroin? Please!

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U shouldn't give blood while participating in this business. Some infections only show up after a latent period, so screening may miss them

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U shouldn't give blood while participating in this business. Some infections only show up after a latent period, so screening may miss them

 

 

Thank you for pointing out this important point LLMPHD.  Its not always obvious reasons that cause the restrictions.  I know if I was to give blood it wouldnt sit well just incase there was "something underlying" that had not been picked up yet.  Could you live with that on your conscience?

 

If anyone on here who is bemoaning the restrictions picked up something from a blood transfusion Im sure they would be the first to complain and perhaps try to sue for the same reasons.  It is always better to be safe than sorry.

 

Yes, joe soap MAY have been in contact with any of these infections that take longer to show themselves but as a lay person I am not aware of the percentages.

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U shouldn't give blood while participating in this business. Some infections only show up after a latent period, so screening may miss them

 

I would seriously hope that screening of donated blood is also carried out X months after receiving it (before it is eligible for transfusions), where X is the length of time of the longest incubation period for any blood borne disease.

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I would seriously hope that screening of donated blood is also carried out X months after receiving it (before it is eligible for transfusions), where X is the length of time of the longest incubation period for any blood borne disease.

Sometimes it is needed quite soon after donation. However, over the years, testing has got refined to the point where I would happily accept a pint from anyone here who does not partake of BB.

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Sometimes it is needed quite soon after donation. However, over the years, testing has got refined to the point where I would happily accept a pint from anyone here who does not partake of BB.

which covers almost all couples in a relationship or married. Go figure. Do they refuse on the grounds that you fuck your spouse without a condom, lets face it, no one ever knows what their partners are up to behind their backs.

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I'm O negative and I used to give blood regularly (because they hounded me for it every 90 days once they knew my blood type, I'm not that nice just easily guilted).I stopped once I started working because the screening proceedure is there for a reason. The people who get blood transfusions are quite often neutropenic or have very compromised immune systems (such as people having Bone Marrow transplants), or even tiny little newborns - people whose systems won't be able to fight off any infections that are introduced. It's a flawed rule, and you do feel slightly discriminated against but it's there for a reason.

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I was going to start giving blood until i read you shouldnt do it if you've paid for sex in the last 12 months, or had unprotected sex or something like that.

 

I've been seeing a regular WG without a condom for nearly a year for monthly overnights, at first we got tested together to make sure we're clean. She said she wasn't doing bareback with anyone else, but you never know... so, 11 months to go before i can prove im proper 100% clean before i can give blood. Knowing me though im bound to have at least OWO before then, so the only time i'll give blood is if i ever find a girl to settle down with.

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When I did give blood there was a question on the form which said "Have you ever been given money for sex?"

 

It toook a bit of willpower not to put "I wish!" :)

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