This is actually fascinating. I feel like we were always taught that AB+ donations are only good for other AB+ type people.
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Please educate me why, according to the chart, A- can give RBCs to O type?
This is a cool guide.
This is why our rural lab stocks ONEG blood and ABPOS plasma
This chart is… just wrong. A- can’t give RBCs to either O but can give them to either AB. This is one of the basic aspects of this that it taught, how do you fuck up this clearly.
A- is having none of his shit though
I remember when I found out I was AB+
I was in high school, grade 12. The school was having a blood drive so I joined to donate some blood. What they do is they take a sample of your blood and they phone you later to inform you of your blood type and any other private info pertaining to your blood. So I did the blood drive and thought nothing about it after.
Fast-forward a week, and I get that call.
“Hi is this u/MagicalKarpit”
“Yes it is who is this”
“This is the blood clinic and we have the results of your blood. We are happy to inform you you have HIV + blood!”
Naturally I freaked the FUCK out.
I had so many questions while i was trying to come to grips with my diagnoses. How it happen? Why me lord? Was it from my parents? I haven’t had sex yet… could it be from a needle I steeped on and didnt notice? From the public restroom? Did someone fucking sneeze on me? Why was I subjected to such cruelty??
As I sat down on my couch with a look of horror on my face, my heart intensly racing whole i get halfway through the stages of grief, in a shakey voice I asked the person on the phone to repeat what they had just said.
“Well, you have AB+ blood, which is really awesom-“
“Wait, wait, did you say HIV+ or AB+”
“AB+, your blood is super useful for donating plasma”
Fuck. Me. Over. And. Call. Me. Sally.
So as this lady on the other end continues to explain the qualities of my blood type, I thought about how my life flashed before my eyes there and sat in complete relief, recovering from the mini-heart attack I just had over the span of a 30 second phone call.
TL;DR HIV+ and AB+ sound the same over a phone.
So my blood is the least useful overall. That sucks.
I’m AB+, if I ever need blood I’m worried.
I’m AB-, bow to my powerful plasma & platelets!
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