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Accentuate the Positive

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Rufus2 Tue 19-Nov-19 12:32:24

No! I'm not advocating elimination of the negatives! hmm Only interested in "Blood Groups" I'm "B Positive", one of 8% of all groups apparently. Would any one be interested in joining in a cohort to provide an insight into the distribution of groups throughout Britain? No personal ID would be involved, any more than listing Age and Weight.
Or does this info. already exist somewhere?

threexnanny Tue 19-Nov-19 13:11:21

No problem - A positive

humptydumpty Tue 19-Nov-19 14:08:28

rupert here's the distribution among donors:

O positive: 35%
O negative: 13%
A positive: 30%
A negative: 8%
B positive: 8%
B negative: 2%
AB positive: 2%
AB negative: 1%

humptydumpty Tue 19-Nov-19 14:08:46

sorry rufus!

Jane10 Tue 19-Nov-19 15:02:08

Gosh. I'm AB positive.

MrsEggy Tue 19-Nov-19 15:35:00

I am B+. My sister is B- and is still in demand as a blood donor as it is a rare group. She is 75.

GabriellaG54 Tue 19-Nov-19 18:07:00

I'm O positive.

BlueBelle Tue 19-Nov-19 18:10:01

O positive as well common sods aren’t we gabriella

EllanVannin Tue 19-Nov-19 18:35:08

O positive.

Callistemon Tue 19-Nov-19 18:46:54

There is a theory that anyone who is Rhesus negative is descended from extraterrestrials.

MawB Tue 19-Nov-19 18:58:43

👽A Neg here 👽

dragonfly46 Tue 19-Nov-19 19:05:10

Wow you are very rare Maw 😃
I am O-

Fennel Tue 19-Nov-19 19:06:29

A+ whatever that means.

grannyactivist Tue 19-Nov-19 19:08:15

B+ here.

Cherrytree59 Tue 19-Nov-19 19:08:55

O neg

Fennel Tue 19-Nov-19 19:10:43

ps this song is a good lesson for forum members:

Juno56 Tue 19-Nov-19 20:04:47

A positive, one of the common ones.

Farmor15 Tue 19-Nov-19 20:25:45

O+. Very boring. But interestingly frequency of different blood groups varies considerably between countries. In India, B+ is the most common compared with 8% in UK.

Doodledog Tue 19-Nov-19 20:30:23

I am O Negative.

grannyticktock Tue 19-Nov-19 20:45:52

I am B +. My family are Scots as far back as anyone can trace them, but B is much more characteristic of Asia than of western Europe. If you look in Wikipedia for "Blood group type distribution by country" you can see stats and maps.

The positive/negative rating relates to a different form of grouping (Rhesus) and doesn't really connect with the ABO system, any more than you would say, "I'm a red-haired Capricorn". Rh negative blood is inherited by is a recessive gene, so it's always rarer. My Dad was negative, and gave gallons of blood as a donor over many years, knowing it was in limited supply.

Rufus2 Wed 20-Nov-19 11:34:18

I am B +. My family are Scots as far back as anyone can trace them

Oh no! ; not Scottish ancestors! shock? At least I'm now living amongst Asians!
Thank you all for your comments. I've more than a passing interest in this topic; our 2 boys were born in 1957 and 1959 respectively when knowledge of incompatible blood groups was only just emerging. Vera was O- and me B+, but we knew nothing of what lay ahead. Neil No1 was OK apart from a severe allergy to dairy (cow's milk) and peanuts, but that's another story. Ian No2 almost died in the womb, motionless at 8 months and was closely monitored to a natural birth. He was immediately rushed away, strapped to a little cross and transfused, a very small amount of "bad" blood removed then the same amount of donor blood returned. Scary times!
Neil being No1 was clear of antibodies, but Ian copped the lot which would continue to remain with Vera and so we were advised that any No3 would have no chance of survival; so, no No3.
It's marvellous what progress and understanding of this subject has occurred since; e.g. transfusions actually in the womb.
Both "boys" are now strapping 6-footers, 62 and 60y.o., but not best pleased at being eligible for the "Senior's Menu"! grin

nonnasusie Wed 20-Nov-19 12:08:40

I'm A negative. My late DH was O positive. I had to have a vaccination after having DD in case any subsequent children developed antibodies. DS was ok apart from being a little jaundiced when born! Stopped at 2, one of each!!😀

GabriellaG54 Wed 20-Nov-19 12:12:40

How many of the rarer groups donate?

Callistemon Wed 20-Nov-19 13:52:55

Yes, several of our family.
Donors with rare groups can be called in in emergencies too.

annsixty Wed 20-Nov-19 14:53:54

AB positive, but I always felt I was special🤗🤫