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Do you know your blood group if so do you give blood

(76 Posts)
TrendyNannie6 Wed 15-Apr-20 19:27:17

I have the blood group AB rhesus Neg

BlueBelle Wed 15-Apr-20 19:29:53

I did give blood but they won’t take it at my age O resus pos

MrsEggy Wed 15-Apr-20 19:30:07

I am B+. Was a blood donor until I was ill and had to have a blood transfusion myself. Since then I was barred in case I had mad cow disease! Am too old now anyway.

Ilovecheese Wed 15-Apr-20 19:31:01

Yes and yes

MawB Wed 15-Apr-20 19:34:00

A Neg but they haven’t taken mine for years.
I used to be a regular blood donor.

Sussexborn Wed 15-Apr-20 19:37:08

I’m A positive so very common thank goodness. They don’t want my blood since the cancer diagnosis.

Last time I went the children were all still at very young. Another donor suddenly grinned at me and said “It’s like having a night out, isn’t it”. Some of us are easily pleased!

M0nica Wed 15-Apr-20 19:37:08

I used to give blood, but at the height of the AIDS epidemic, when the number of things they checked for before you gave blood grew exponentially, they started asking about allergies. I admitted to an allergy to penicillin, and I haven't given blood since.

I got a formal letter telling me I was not to give blood again.

Now I am too old.

Marydoll Wed 15-Apr-20 19:41:16

A+, but have never been able to donate for a number of reasons.

I have read that there is talk of A+ blood groups, being more susceptible to catching Covid19. sad.
I don't know if it is just another rumour.

I'm reading a fascinating book, called Blood of the Isles, which talks about tracing our genetic roots, using blood groups, before DNA became a much more precise science.

Bathsheba Wed 15-Apr-20 19:44:15

Yes, I'm O+. I used to give blood, but too old now.

Katyj Wed 15-Apr-20 19:45:01

I’m A+ too. I can’t give blood now owing to having a blood transfusion after giving birth to my son in 1980.

brook2704 Wed 15-Apr-20 19:52:13

Yes I’m O negative , I was a regular blood doner until I had an illness then unfortunately it had to stop

MiniMoon Wed 15-Apr-20 19:54:22

A pos. I had yellow jaundice in my youth, and for years I was told I could not give blood. I believe it's possible now to give blood but I never have.

Chardy Wed 15-Apr-20 20:02:25

A neg. Gave blood for 35 years, but when they changed a rule (about iron?), I couldn't hit that target.

Chardy Wed 15-Apr-20 20:07:37

Marydoll - a piece of research came out of a Chinese university, but it's not been peer-reviewed yet
'The results showed that blood group A was associated with a higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 compared with non-A blood groups, whereas blood group O was associated with a lower risk for the infection compared with non-O blood groups'

Marydoll Wed 15-Apr-20 20:13:07

Chardy, thanks for the info. I knew I had read something about it.

Jane10 Wed 15-Apr-20 20:30:30

I'm AB+ so they rarely need a top up of mine. I'm also allergic to penicillin. I started to donate back at the start of the AIDS epidemic.

PamelaJ1 Wed 15-Apr-20 20:36:12

O neg. Up until last year I donated but I’ve recently had to use efudix cream on my nose and it seems I can’t donate again for 2years. Seems amazing, I didn’t use much.

paddyanne Wed 15-Apr-20 20:37:38

A- I also haven't donated for years since a transfusion

Willow500 Wed 15-Apr-20 20:38:28

Can't remember group - I used to give blood until I was under 8st when they said I was too thin - oh for those days back again!! grin

craftyone Wed 15-Apr-20 20:38:41

AB+. the universal recipient, also allergic to penicillin. I used to be a donor and still have my card

Grannybags Wed 15-Apr-20 20:40:31

I'm A Neg and used to try to donate. Sometimes I was allowed, sometimes not depending on my iron levels at the time.

Gagagran Wed 15-Apr-20 21:04:02

I'm AB+ and allergic to penicillin also. Do the two go together?

I was a donor in my youth and we used to get a letter saying what the donation had been used for e.g. "In an operation on a man with liver cancer".

SuzannahM Wed 15-Apr-20 21:10:47

I gave blood regularly for over 20 years, then they started asking new questions before taking donations.

It turned out that because I lived in Singapore as a child about 1960 I was told not to donate anymore. There was some sort of epidemic apparently at that time, can't remember all the details.

My OH donated for nearly forty years

FarNorth Wed 15-Apr-20 21:11:43

Yes and Yes, although I live a few hundred miles from a donor centre so it depends if I ever travel that far again.

MawB Wed 15-Apr-20 21:12:22

Why? And Why?