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Have CFIDS/ME? Don’t donate blood.

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At present, there are no specific federal recommendations regarding deferral of individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or other diseases that have been associated with Murine Leukemia Virus-related virus (XMRV) infection. Nevertheless, in the interest of patient and donor safety, the American Red Cross will defer indefinitely any donor who reveals during the donor interview that they have been diagnosed with CFS. (American Red Cross Statement 12/03/2010) (emphasis mine)

This is a good thing, but it comes with a tremendous amount of frustration. If CFIDS/ME is all in our heads or we’re just tired then why can’t we donate blood? And if we might have a retrovirus that can be passed along in our blood then why is our illness dismissed?

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Written by tldegray

December 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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