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Where does my blood go?

June 12, 2017 at 11:20 am
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It’s my first-time donating blood. I walk into Stanford Blood Center (SBC) and I don’t know what to expect. I am a bit nervous because I’m not a big fan of needles, but I know I’m doing this for a...


Hemoglobin (temporary deferral, until improved)

June 12, 2017 at 7:17 am
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During the Medical History part of your donation process, the Historian will take a small blood sample from your finger to test your hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying molecule in your red blood cells. In order to get an accurate...


MSM (12-Month Deferral)

June 11, 2017 at 7:38 am
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The FDA requires all blood centers to question donors about activities that are associated with an increased risk of exposure to infectious agents. According to statistics from the public health service, men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to...


Tattoos

June 10, 2017 at 7:46 am
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You will no longer be deferred for tattoos obtained in a California State regulated entity. You will still be deferred for 12 months if you obtained a tattoo outside of California or in California in a non-regulated entity.