Blood donation can save lives, the blood that is donated is used to save up to three different people as the components of blood are separated and used to help in three separate conditions.
Considering the number of road accidents and the death toll each year due to lack of the specified types of blood unavailable in blood banks nearby, it is imperative to encourage the blood donors to come forward and donate blood.
Although there is a need to encourage donors from donating blood, according to NACO, the National Aids Control Organization, the entire LGBT community cannot donate blood. The reason behind this is that people with multiple partners are highly prone to the possibility of being HIV positive or testing positive for other STD, Sexually transmitted diseases. These individuals are been labeled as high- risk subjects when it comes to accepting blood donations from them.
It is commonly accepted that blood donation needs that the person who is donating
- needs to be in good health
- with a minimum weight of 50 kgs
- Without a history of consumption of alcohol or cigarettes from the previous day
- Having the adequate levels of Haemoglobin and blood pressure in the optimal ranges
The intention behind is to curb the transmission of diseases while blood transfusion, although there is a very real possibility that the person donating blood may not be gay and still have multiple sexual partners and no such mechanism exists to know if their blood too has the possibility of the containing deadly viruses.
The donation of blood can be done at intervals of six months and does not harm the person donating blood in any way; with the right diet – the person who has been donating blood can regain the blood due to natural regeneration of blood cells in the body.
But there are restrictions that people who have gotten tattoos on their bodies shall not be eligible to donate blood for at least six months to one year after the event citing similar reasons of possibilities of infection.
This news comes as a great shock to an already stressed blood bank resource since there is an urgent need for blood stocks in all blood banks and hospitals across India. The Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bi-sexual community has been barred from donating blood for now. It is hoped that we can say that this shall remain in effect until a mechanism to test and rule out the possibilities of STD; after which the ban can be lifted to add more donors to the reserve.
At VMEDO we encourage you to be a blood donor and help make the world a better place. If you are a hale and healthy individual and would like to donate blood, please register as a part of the VMEDO app; available on the google play store and help bridge the gap between the demand and supply of blood. Your blood donation can save many lives in the process.