So I haven't mentioned that a month ago...ish? I donated blood for the first time. Finally,my blood pressure and red blood cell count are where they need to be. So I donated.
First time I tried was when I was 16. That was the day i found out I was anemic. I was pretty depressed.
I'm type O negative. I really wanted to be able to donate my blood.
so go figure,
I actually go through the whole process of having the blood drained this time, and i was super happy, and I didn't feel weak afterwards or anything.
So go figure...
I received a letter saying they couldn't use my blood and had to destroy it.
Well, for those of you who don't know, all blood donated is tested for HIV.
So why am I saying this?
Because the screening test they did, the first one, was positive.
But before you're all like, holy oh my gosh what the heck oh no, I will tell you more.
They did a second test, the IFA test, which was indeterminate. Wait...what?
Yes, indeterminate. Not exactly positive, but also not truly negative.
but it gets better.
They did a third test to be more sure. It's the nucleic acid test. Which came out...
Supposedly this test is more accurate since it tests genetic material.
So i probably don't have HIV. Probably not.
The letter advised I should talk with my doctor about it because of the second test being indeterminate.
I don't have a doctor right now, but I'm saving the letter for when I do.
So no, I don't necessarily have HIV.
And I will tell you, it is unlikely that I do. I have not done anything much that would have put me at risk.
I have to say though that the letter upset me, especially at first when the first thing I read was about a positive result for HIV.
That being said, I'm feeling a bit better now.
I always worry too much about things, but i'll be okay.
i have plenty of support here and other places.
i hope everyone is happy and looking forward to Thanksgiving.
all my love,