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MacRumors is pleased to announce our Fifteenth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2024. Let's save lives together by encouraging donations of blood, platelets, and plasma. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location, our blood drive is online and worldwide. Anyone can participate.

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Over the past 14 years, MacRumors Blood Drives have recorded donations of 1,305 units of blood, platelets, and plasma, cheered for donors, and celebrated new signups for the organ donor and bone marrow registries. We've heard from hundreds of forum members who donate or whose lives were saved by the donations of strangers.

This year's featured donor is user Neil.gtis, a three-year forum member from England. Neil is a regular donor who has made 98 blood donations to date, and will reach his 100th donation this year. Whether you're a regular donor like Neil.gtis or someone overcoming apprehension to donate for the very first time, we congratulate you.

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How to participate in the MacRumors Blood Drive

  1. If you are an eligible donor (e.g., U.S. eligibility rules), schedule a blood, platelet, or plasma donation (FAQ) at any donation center near you. Post in the MacRumors 2024 Blood Drive! thread to tell us about it. Also post if you register as an organ donor or register for the bone marrow registry (FAQ). We'll add all donors and registrants to our Honor Roll.
  2. If you aren't eligible to donate, such as for medical reasons, please encourage someone else to make a donation, and let us know. If they donate, you'll both be added to our Honor Roll. The FDA has changed the U.S. donor eligibility rules, by removing the blanket ban on MSM donors, so there are more eligible donors than ever before.
  3. Share our message with friends, relatives, and followers. Thank the forum members who post in the MacRumors 2024 Blood Drive! thread.
After the MacRumors Blood Drive ends on May 31, please record your blood, platelet, and plasma donations on our Team MacRumors 2024-2025 page (see instructions). We'll tally your donations and count them for the MacRumors 2025 Blood Drive next May.

Article Link: MacRumors 2024 Blood Drive
 

phgreer

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I'm sorry I can't. I used to donate a lot. but in 2022 I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I am doing fine now except for side effects from my meds. Technically in remission but not allowed to donate. I am A- if anyone wants to donate in lieu of me not being able to.
 

Darren.h

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I donated every 6 months when I lived outside Chicago. now that I am in the very rural high desert of Joshua Tree CA I will have to call and find a place. Maybe I have to drive to Palm Springs.
 
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bg1419

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📝Reminder that US blood donation guidelines are unnecessarily discriminatory, severely outdated, and were designed to spread homophobic hysteria surrounding HIV. To this day, sexually active men who have sex with men aren’t allowed to donate, regardless of their HIV status. I won’t tell people not to donate, but I’d encourage everyone to consider the ramifications of supporting the system as it currently exists and whether it aligns with your values. For me, it doesn’t (not that they want my nasty blood anyway, apparently).
 

Guy Over Here

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📝Reminder that US blood donation guidelines are unnecessarily discriminatory, severely outdated, and were designed to spread homophobic hysteria surrounding HIV. To this day, sexually active men who have sex with men aren’t allowed to donate, regardless of their HIV status. I won’t tell people not to donate, but I’d encourage everyone to consider the ramifications of supporting the system as it currently exists and whether it aligns with your values. For me, it doesn’t (not that they want my nasty blood anyway, apparently).
All of these things are true, but that's not the fault of the people who desperately need blood. These policies are antiquated and discriminatory, but the organization still provides an essential service.
 

Tonewheel

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📝Reminder that US blood donation guidelines are unnecessarily discriminatory, severely outdated, and were designed to spread homophobic hysteria surrounding HIV. To this day, sexually active men who have sex with men aren’t allowed to donate, regardless of their HIV status. I won’t tell people not to donate, but I’d encourage everyone to consider the ramifications of supporting the system as it currently exists and whether it aligns with your values. For me, it doesn’t (not that they want my nasty blood anyway, apparently).
Congrats. Someone had to go there on this worthwhile story.
 
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TechnoMonk

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I donate platelets/plasma twice a week usually. I avoided surgery by opting for Plasma therapy. It's crucial for people with immune diseases and cancer patients going through Chemo. Ever since my own treatment, I donate plasma, as much as i can.
 

d-klumpp

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Funny: Any story about Siri or Fortnite generates fervent discussion, but actually doing something good for our neighbors is barely acknowledged here!

BTW, last spring I finally donated Double Reds. Despite donating single units for years with little effect, Double Reds set me back for a week, rendering real bike rides impossible and even turning my mundane 4.5-mile bike commute in traffic into a real slog. I wish I had the fortitude for giving Double, but I'll have to stick to single units.
 

bg1419

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I saw this when you sent it last year. You don’t address the fact that the new guidelines still target gay men with laser precision. It just muddies the water.

From your link: “prospective donors who report having a new sexual partner, or more than one sexual partner in the past three months, and anal sex in the past three months, would be deferred”. That encompasses 99% of sexually active gay men.

They also defer anyone on prep, for whom it’s almost impossible for them to contract HIV.
 

ThomasJL

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Thank you very much to the MacRumors Blood Drive organizers and to every single person who donates blood. One of my loved ones' lives was saved because of donated blood. I appreciate all of you.
 

redcarlsen

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I saw this when you sent it last year. You don’t address the fact that the new guidelines still target gay men with laser precision. It just muddies the water.

From your link: “prospective donors who report having a new sexual partner, or more than one sexual partner in the past three months, and anal sex in the past three months, would be deferred”. That encompasses 99% of sexually active gay men.

They also defer anyone on prep, for whom it’s almost impossible for them to contract HIV.
Reads to me as targeting people who engage is risky behavior…
That’s like getting mad as DUI laws, claiming they target young men (most likely to engage in said behavior)
Besides, gay people can get “married” now, right? So what’s the excuse?
 
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newyorksole

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I actually got a call yesterday (May 1st) to donate lol. is this week or month special for donating? or is this article and that call just a coincidence?
 

headlessmike

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May 16, 2017
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Did my 10th donation of whole blood today. Where I live the maximum allowed is 1 unit, 4 times per year (3 for women), so it's a slow and steady race.

I usually visit the blood bank on my morning commute by bike and I'm often their first customer of the day. It's a very peaceful place in the morning and I enjoy going there.
 

Doctor Q

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Macrumors 2024 Blood Drive results

This year:

29 participants​

50 blood donations by 20 people, totaling 53 units​

55 platelet donations by 5 people, totaling 102 units​

63 plasma donations by 6 people, totaling 105 units​

Altogether, 144 donations, totaling 226 units (the highest total in our history)​

Totals to date (2010 through 2024):

325 participants, 140 of whom have participated in more than one MacRumors Blood Drive​

739 blood donations by 285 people, totaling 760 units​

302 platelet donations by 40 people, totaling 603 units​

156 plasma donations by 22 people, totaling 202 units​

12 organ donor registrations noted​

8 bone marrow registry registrations noted​

Altogether, 1,118 donations by 325 people, totaling 1,565 units

Potential number of lives saved: 3,085

Thank you to all of our past, present, and future blood, platelet, and plasma donors!

This year's MacRumors Blood Drive participants:

 

Doctor Q

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How to participate in the MacRumors Blood Drive from now through April 2025

Record your blood, platelet, or plasma donations on our Team MacRumors page. We'll tally your donations and count them for the MacRumors Blood Drive next May.
  1. Go to the Team MacRumors page and click PLEDGE TO GIVE BLOOD. (Bookmark the page for the future.)
  2. Fill in your MacRumors username as your first name and @ macrumors as your last name.
  3. In the comments field, tell us what type of donation and how many units, e.g., 1 unit of whole blood, 2 units of platelets, etc.
  4. The email address and zip code fields don't matter. MacRumors won't use that information.
 
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