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Facts on Blood Donation

  • Person above 18 years of age and over 50 Kgs. in weight can donate blood once in three months.
  • A normal adult has five to six liters of blood in his/her body of which only 300 ml is used during blood donation.
  • This blood is replaced by your body within 24 to 48 hours!
  • No special diet, rest or medicine is required after blood donation.
  • The donor should not have taken any medicine in the last 48 hours.
  • The donor should not have contacted jaundice in the previous three years.
  • Every donor is given a medical checkup prior to donation to see if he/she is medically fit and doesn't suffer from anemia, high blood pressure etc.,
  • The donor cannot contract AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.
  • Donating blood does not make you weak.
  • When you donate one unit of blood it equals 350 to 450 ml which is five to six ltr of blood. It is however, replenished in 24 hours.
  • Blood donation does not put you at risk of HIV/AIDS if you make sure you use sterile disposable equipment.
  • It reduces the risk of heart attack.
  • However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when donating blood.
  • If you are pregnant, lactating or have had abortion or if you have suffered from malaria or typhoid in the last one year or if you have had a surgery in the last six months then you should not donate blood.
  • And check with your doctor if you have high blood pressure or any other medical condition.
  • But if you are fit and between the ages of 18 and 60 then you can go ahead and donate blood and make all the difference in the world.