Q: Why should I donate blood?

A: Blood is needed all the time to provide to those who may need blood transfusions due to accidents, surgery or diseases of the blood e.g. Sickle Cell Anemia and Thalassaemia.  

Q: What blood types are needed?

All blood types are needed. Blood is divided into several blood types.

A: A+     A-     B+     B-     AB+     AB-     O+     O-

Persons with O negative blood are Universal donors-they can give to anyone: and those with AB positive are universal receivers-they can receive from anyone.

Q: Is there artificial blood?

A: NO. Scientists are yet to find a successful substitute for human blood. This is why blood donors are so vital to the lives of those are in need of blood

Q: Do I have enough blood in my body to donate?

A: Yes. The body contains 10-12 pints of blood. A blood donation is approximately one pint, called a unit of blood.

Q: Will donating blood hurt?

A: You may feel a slight pinch in the beginning, which only lasts a couple of seconds, but there should be no discomfort during the process.

Q: Can I get HIV/AIDS from donating blood?

A: NO. There is no risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or any other diseases through the donation process. Each collection kit is sterile, pre-packaged and used only once.

Q: Is donated blood tested?

A: All donated blood is tested for blood type as well as for infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis, Malaria, Microfilaria, Chagas and HTLV (Human T- Lymphotrophic Virus).                          

Q: Will donating blood interfere with my sex life?

A: NO. Donating blood does not affect your sex life, since there is no relationship between giving blood and your sex drive.

Q: Can I donate blood if I have acold or flu?

A: NO. In order to donate, you must be in generally good health (symptom free)

Q: Can I donate blood if I have High blood pressure?

A: Yes. If your blood pressure is under control and within the limits set in the donation guidelines.

Q: Can I donate blood if I have Diabetes?

A: Diabetics on oral medications are generally accepted as donors.

Q: Can I donate blood if I have Anemia?

A: NO. Your blood count needs to be within the limit set in the donation guidelines. This is currently 12.5.

Q: How can I increase my iron level?

A: You may help increase your iron level by eating foods that are rich in iron such as: red meat, dark green vegetables, and fruits or by taking a multivitamin that contains iron.

Q: Can I donate blood if I have been taking aspirin or medication prescribed by my doctor?

A: Yes. You may donate, but you must provide information on all medications being taken.

Q: Can a woman donate blood during her menstruation?

A: Yes. It is quite safe for a woman to donate blood while having her period. It does not affect her in any way.

Q: How will I feel after I donate?

A: Most people feel great after giving blood. It is advised that you avoid lifting heavy objects or strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours; otherwise you can resume full activity as long as you feel well.

Q: How much time does it take for my body to replace the blood that I donated?

A: Not long at all. The volume of fluids will adjust within a few hours of your donation. The red blood cells will be replaced within a few weeks.

Q: Are blood donors paid?

A: No. Blood donated or transfused in Guyana is given by voluntary blood donors. No one should buy or sell blood

Q: Why are there often blood shortages?

A: Due to unpredictable demands from trauma incidents and other causes. Enough persons are currently not donating voluntarily and regularly.

Q: How long is it until my blood is used?

A: Most blood donations are processed and available for use within 48 to 72 hours.

Q: Where can I donate blood?

A: National Blood Bank, Lamaha Street, Georgetown

     Region 3 Blood Bank, West Demerara Regional Hospital

     Region 2 Blood Bank, Suddie Hospital

     Region 10 Blood bank, Linden Hospital

     Region 6 Blood Bank, New Amsterdam Regional Hospital

     Planned and Organized Blood Drives

Q: What can I do if I’m found to be ineligible to donate blood?

A: You can still support blood donations by becoming a collaborator or a volunteer. The NBTS is always in need of collaborators to organize mobile blood drives and volunteers to assist.

Q: How can I host a blood drive at my work, school or church?

A: Contact the National blood Bank on telephone numbers 223-7182, 225-4972, 669-8776 or 644-9590to find out what is required and make the necessary arrangements for group donations.  



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