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(news observer)   People giving blood for victims finding out they have viral diseases like hepatitis and AIDS   ( divider line
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5006 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Sep 2001 at 8:40 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-09-25 08:47:02 AM  

Simply because it hasn't been in the media for a while, people stop getting tested. I feel sympathy for them, I really do, but AIDS isn't in the back of the public's mind whenever they have sex anymore. Do we need another media campaign to raise awareness?
2001-09-25 08:50:27 AM  
ouch, I guess that means they can't use their blood either.
2001-09-25 08:56:16 AM  
Quetzlgumby... let's hope not

Quick1... apparently so
2001-09-25 09:07:37 AM  
This is the 49,999th link in the FARK database.
2001-09-25 09:16:39 AM  
Horay for aids! more horny idiots dead by the hour!
2001-09-25 09:19:01 AM  
I get annoyed reading this... I have been giving blood since I could back in high school, so now, it's been 5 times that I've been able to that I have. Why does it take a national tragedy to get people to give blood? Every time I go to give blood they mention to me that they are very glad I am giving blood because they are running low and there aren't enough donors. It's great people are giving blood but I bet they wouldn't need 330,000 people to donate. Oh well, at least they have blood now... too bad for these people also.
2001-09-25 09:26:49 AM  
I remember reading somewhere that the red cross is geting TOO much blood. of course that doesnt keep people like Levi's from geting cheap publicity with that buddy lee commercial... and all the other companys useing a national tragedy for cheap publicity.
2001-09-25 09:28:32 AM  
This is how I found out that the Red Cross thinks I'm at risk for mad cow disease, even though more people (1500) were killed in toilet-related accidents last year.
2001-09-25 09:29:30 AM  
Excess blood you say? Chum party I says!
2001-09-25 09:32:21 AM  
Badger: It's not, it's the 49,992th link in the Fark database...
2001-09-25 09:40:20 AM

tastes like chicken apparently!
2001-09-25 09:51:18 AM  
half of the people donating diamond rings to pawn shops quote "luv dem slot machines"
2001-09-25 10:16:51 AM  
People giving blood for victims finding out they have viral diseases like hepatitis and AIDS, doo dah, doo dah
2001-09-25 10:20:32 AM  
One in 2,500 will test positive for hepatitis B and one in 500 for hepatitis C, she said.

Does that mean that .5% of the population is unknowingly infected with Hepatitis C? Scary indeed.
2001-09-25 10:31:43 AM  
The percentages were much lower than I would have thought. 1% or less is hardly reason to be too concerned.

I do find it annoying that, upon getting health insurance for the first time after a 4 year lapse I had to pay $60+ dollars to get an AIDS test whereas if I donated blood it would have been free. Makes zero sense. And who knows, maybe I've got Hepatitis... but that would have been $60+ more dollars to determine. With the amount of beer I drink I don't really see the difference between having hepatitis or not... I still feel about the same everyday anyhow. ;)
2001-09-25 10:35:08 AM  
The CDC estimates 3.9 million (1.8%) Americans are infected with Hepatitis C. Of those, 80% have no symptoms.

They estimate 1.25 million Americans are chronically infected with Hepatitis B. Of those, 30% have no symptoms.
2001-09-25 10:37:30 AM  
Drew found out he had Space Herpes.
2001-09-25 11:02:20 AM  
Better that than Sonic Diarrhea.
2001-09-25 11:12:54 AM  
We need to send the contaminated blood to the Taliban.
2001-09-25 11:35:05 AM  
Circle Circle Dot Dot....

whew! Im vaccinated.
2001-09-25 11:47:18 AM  
I gave blood shortly before I got my tongue piercing. They said I was okay then, so as soon as my waiting period is up, I'll go back and give some more.

I feel sorry for these people finding out if they didn't know because then that means anyone they slept with could be infected too.

I remember in my sex ed class in 6th grade, one of the things they tried to teach us was that anyone we slept with, we were potentially sleeping with any of *their* partners.
That kept me careful because there were some people I didn't want to be with, even vicariously.
2001-09-25 11:55:43 AM  
I remember in my sex ed class in 6th grade, anyone we slept with from the south, we were potentiallu sleeping with any of their parents.

Scary thought.

I gave blood and all I found out was that I was blood type O negative. Which means I am a universal donor, but can only recieve that blood type, and it is usually in high demand.
2001-09-25 12:00:00 PM  
There is not a blood shortage. Blood doesn't last forever people, it does "spoil". People need to keep donating since the Red Cross supplies blood for the army/navy as well.
2001-09-25 12:24:41 PM  
Scary? I would have chosen:
2001-09-25 12:26:06 PM  
Ok. how about this?

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2001-09-25 12:28:56 PM  
Err..what I meant to say is that there IS a blood shortage. Dumb me.
2001-09-25 12:42:06 PM  
yeah, I would have chosen "obvious" too.
2001-09-25 12:49:46 PM  
In the immortal words of Flaubert, "No good deed shall go unpunished." Sigh.
2001-09-25 12:54:42 PM  
If anyone gets a HEP - C -positive result from the Red Cross , they should go have a test at a doctor . That is what happened to me . I DO NOT have HEP - C ( tested 4 times ) but the Red Cross has banned me for life from donating
so now my hobbie is calling up the red Cross and telling them to go FARK themselves !
2001-09-25 01:19:11 PM  
Quetzlgumby: No, America won't use their blood. We're not France!
2001-09-25 01:19:29 PM  
Good lord my link didn't take about France.
2001-09-25 01:32:49 PM  
Heh France, that's nasty. I still say "chum party." Gas up the boats, load the shotguns, make the beaches safe again.
2001-09-25 01:39:40 PM  
Kanonball: same thing happened to me the last time i gave blood. They said i had Hep C but in fact I didn't. Farkers.
2001-09-25 01:50:51 PM  
Hey, they don't let ANY gay men give blood, because every single gay man at all definately has HIV no matter what. I get mad when they call me, too.
Duh maybe if you looked a little past stereotypes I might consider it.
2001-09-25 02:15:14 PM  
I'm not even sure of my blood type...I know it's bright red and tastes like V8....
2001-09-25 02:27:16 PM a false positive on Hep C myself - but the army (I am in reserves) really pitched a fit...wonder what it is about the test that the blood banks use that is so faulty?
2001-09-25 02:38:37 PM  
Hmm, and I thought I was so special when the same thing happened to me in high school when I gave my one and only time.
2001-09-25 02:53:15 PM  
Daz- It is not everyday when some busts out with an Ice Pirates quote. Props.
2001-09-25 02:54:02 PM  
I wonder how clean their equipment is.
2001-09-25 03:10:30 PM  
Bummer most people just expect to recieve a cookie and some juice, not a notice of genital condemnent.
2001-09-25 03:14:36 PM  
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Herpes, it is what is for dinner!
2001-09-25 03:25:05 PM  
gross. i really don't think we needed to see that
2001-09-25 03:27:25 PM  
Its scary to find out you have a disease, but its a lot more scary to go about your life not knowing and infecting others.
2001-09-25 04:33:48 PM  
The Red Cross got positively skewered for those few cases where someone caught AIDS from a transfusion, so I can imagine they'd be as cautious as possible. I'm guessing that those who were rejected had received test results that said "maybe", but they still wouldn't want the blood. I'll fault them for not explaining that (and not educating the people who talk to the rejected donors), but as someone who went through some serious surgery a few years back, better to be safe.

I used to donate regularly. Unfortunately, as a result of the surgery (non-cancerous brain tumor removed from the base of the skull) I have to take a bunch of pills to keep me going, so I'll can't donate. I always wished I could pay the supply back for what I needed, but I never regretted that as strongly as last week.
2001-09-25 06:16:32 PM  
It is the responsibility of every citizen to monitor their own health.
You should *already* know for a fact whether you have a disease before you give blood, or get intimate.

Wadda you wanna bet long courtships become de rigueur.
2001-09-25 06:21:14 PM  
If we keep on like this, doctors will need to become matchmakers.
2001-09-25 09:01:37 PM  
was I the only one that did the math and saw that 1 out of 21 people who gave blood has HIV? Or am I miscalculating something?
2001-09-25 09:47:06 PM  
"People giving blood for victims finding out that the victims are already dead."
2001-09-25 10:49:25 PM  
"It is the responsibility of every citizen to monitor their own health.
You should *already* know for a fact whether you have a disease before you give blood, or get intimate."

Well, one of the problems with STD's is that you can catch them from someone who doesn't know they have one, and some people, if they catch them, become embarrassed and don't do anything about it.
Makes me glad I don't even whack off.
2001-09-25 10:56:11 PM  
because we all know how risky hand sex with yourself is.

but seriously, and i mean seariously, why don't you whack off? i could guess, but that's no fun.
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