dieselgal wrote:Daniel did they really deny you for high blood pressure? I have HBP and take medication and they don't deny me here for that. they did turn me down once when I was getting sick.
Yes. I have been denied, but they have me marked down as a donor because I made the effort. In Ireland there is a detailed triage system before giving blood. Medication for hypertension is a no no. They are very strict and carry out further tests before allowing you to give blood. I was amazed at the time, but it was explained to me in great detail at the time.
My wife, who has been giving blood regularly for over 25 years was denied about 3 years ago, as soon as she started medication for hypertension.
Not sure about the US (stories about payments for blood), in Ireland it is completely voluntary with no payments.