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Giving Blood: The Safe Issue

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There are a lot of misconceptions and unfounded fears about giving blood. Donating blood is safe, easy, and quick. It is not painful, will not make you sick, and will never be a waste of time. Here are a few answers to common questions.

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It is impossible to get AIDS from giving blood.

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Donating blood rarely hurts. To see what it feels like, pinch your skin at your elbow joint.

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Although some people are scared they’ll get sick or faint, reactions when donating rarely occur and are usually minor.

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You should always eat regular meals on the day you donate.

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If you feel fatigued after giving blood, it will be minor and pass in a matter of hours.

The need never stops.

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Did you know you can safely donate blood every 56 days - or as many as six times a year.
As long as there are hospitals with patients, there will be a need for blood. You can help meet that need. Please give blood regularly. For you it means a little more than an hour. For the people you help, your donation can mean a lifetime.

If you have any other questions, please call our Nursing Department at 1-800-560-0565 or call us to make an appointment at

Anyone in good health, weighing 110 pounds or more,
and at least 17 years of age may be eligible to donate.

Please Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543)
And Make Your Appointment Today!

America’s BloodLine

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Updated:    01/27/03

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