Scriptural Guidance About Blood Transfusions

Scriptural Guidance About Blood Transfusions

This is what I was thinking. Once you are infected, the virus stays in skin and nerve cells for life. Donations reactive to 3rd and 4th generation immunoassays (IAs) were further confirmed by a less-sensitive (LS) IA algorithm and Western blot (WB). You will likely be asked to go to a specific hospital at a specific time, early in the morning. Canadian restrictions say: A person cannot donate blood during the first 12 months of having Herpes 2. You might also wonder if there is a health benefit to donating blood on a regular basis. Dryden has researched blood donation and examined the 30-question Canadian Blood Services (CBS) donor questionnaire that determines who is eligible to donate.

Blood Type (ABO and Rh) Test Blood typing determines a person’s blood group (A, B, AB, or O) and whether someone is Rh positive or Rh negative. For example, it has been estimated that the chances of acquiring a urinary tract infection (which can subsequently spread to the blood) rises by up to 10% for each day a hospitalized patient is catheterized. This also became part of the Law, and Moses taught that meat must always have the blood drained out before it is eaten. “‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.'”(Lev 17:11) In the Septuagint, which is the ancient Greek version of the Old Testament, the word for life in this verse is psuche. HSV II infection is more common in women, but also is common in persons who have had more than five sex partners. Incidence of AIDS cases vary across Brazilian regions, with the highest incidence rates concentrated in the South and the Southeast (29.3 and 19.2/100,000), followed by the Midwest, North and Northwest (16.4; 15.4; and 11/100,000)1. For pricing, costs and information about third-party services, please contact those companies directly.

In fact, we can mechanically circulate blood through the body and keep a person alive, even in a comatose state. Carriers of the gene are at increased risk for heart attack risk(4). The first blood donor clinic happened in January 1940, in Toronto, and the advertising said, “Make a date with a soldier,” or “Give blood, help a soldier.” The blood collected at that time was 100% used for the army in World War II. Made up of the 8 tests included in the Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP) in addition to 4 liver tests (ALP, ALT, AST, and bilirubin) and 2 protein tests (albumin and total protein). Within the past 20 years, emerging diseases such the lethal fever and tissue destruction caused by the Ebola virus have been important blood borne threats. Unlike food going into the body, which is broken down, blood going into the blood stream remains whole. It contains genetic material, DNA, as well as other components like blood cells, germs, bacteria, and somatids (see footnote about somatids).

Herpes can be a recurring and upsetting disease but is rarely dangerous. Demographic data from all donors from January 1st, 2007 to December 31st, 2008 were extracted from the computer systems of each center and sent to a data warehouse at the University of São Paulo. Based on these Scriptures above, and other ones about blood, some Christians sincerely believe that it would be sinful to allow anyone to inject any substance containing human or animal blood into their bodies, such as vaccines or blood transfusions. (For more on vaccines, see What Does the Bible Say About Vaccines?). As a result, they did not know when to stop the blood removal procedure, leading to demise of the patient from excessive blood loss. Blood is currently tested, but much of what we see in the donor questionnaire is a snapshot of the ’80s and ’90s HIV/AIDS crisis. Should be considered when experiencing back or abdominal pain, painful or frequent urination, or blood in urine.

This has resulted in an increase in the incidence of certain blood borne diseases that are transmitted by ticks. However, it is interesting to note that Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas is a “bloodless” hospital. In other words, it performs even complicated open-heart procedures without transfusing any blood. Check out this AVAC chart. Donors with remote HIV infection will remain positive in this detuned procedure whereas recently infected or false positive donors will give negative assay results15,16. There are bloodless hospitals in other parts of the country that have been doing this for years, and this is not an experimental practice. Since one unit of donated blood can cost around $700 or more, it’s less expensive not to use it.

Because high body iron stores have been suggested as a risk factor for acute myocardial infarction, donation of blood could theoretically reduce the risk by lowering body iron stores. You describe your shock at hearing a queer student group argue that it was unfair to lump gay people in with drug users because it erroneously stigmatizes gay people. Lab Test Depot offers an array of lab tests designed to help men establish a baseline of their current health and screen for health issues that commonly affect males. Regarding herpes: “Acceptable as long as you are feeling well.” “Donors are only required to wait 12 months after treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea.” Women on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms and prevention of osteoporosis are eligible to donate. The hormone replacement pill, Premarin, comes from PREgnant MAres’ urINe. Animal hormones. But transmission of HIV, though extremely rare, is theoretically possible if an HIV-positive man ejaculates in his partner’s mouth during oral sex.

If the previous donation date is in the study period (i.e. It should also be noted that making donations for your own use during surgery (autologous blood donation) is considered a medical procedure and the rules for eligibility are even less strict than for regular volunteer donations. If this self-donated blood is not used, it is uncertain whether it is later put into the blood bank for others to receive, or what its final disposition is. D. This idea that we begin as disease-free people is what perpetuates the stigma with, say, herpes or HIV. Most results are ready within 24 to 48 hours. This is why there are so many abductions, including children.

So it is not impossible that other criminals obtain the blood they need through blood banks. There is a risk for an illegal market. If a person has genital herpes due to the herpes type 2 virus, their risk of acquiring H.I.V. We used the following formula to compute residual risk: Residual risk = Composite Incidence Rate × Infectious WP/365.25 days. This can be as high as $1,500 USD for a unit of blood. Due to the dramatic increase in the demand for blood, the brief shelf-life, and the constant shortages of blood supplies, the practice of offering incentives has increased in recent years, according to studies. F.

Studies in the U.S. Recommended if you have had unprotected sex, notice symptoms such as sores or blisters, or have reason to believe you might have been exposed to herpes. Sometimes legal defendants are given the option of a reduced fine, if they donate blood, or delinquents may be given the option to donate blood as part of their community service sentence. Blood has now become a commodity that is bought and sold on the market. Since we know that the life or soul of a person is in their blood, then the blood centers, hospitals, patients, and criminals in the black market are buying and selling the souls of men (Rev 18:13). This can lead to increased transmission of HIV because transmission is more likely during herpes outbreaks. Hence, only unadjusted poisson regression models were used to assess differences in incidence rates among first time and repeat donors by socio-demographic characteristics, location and donor type.

Yet few care whether that is the will of God. Lastly, studies have shown that infectious diseases among donors who are recruited by monetary incentives are more prevalent. The benefit of donation was confined to non-smoking males (adjusted odds ratio 0.67, 95% CI 0.45-0.99). Paying for blood donations is a risk. Syphilis is easily treated with antibiotics in the early stages. What if a Christian’s donated blood were being used in satanic rituals? Can a blood donor be sure of the final disposition of his blood?

Although many modern practices are not mentioned in Scripture, such as cigarette smoking, vaccinations, and blood transfusion, does that mean they are not sinful? (You may also want to check out Unspeakable.com’s STD Clinic Locator). females, p=0.06). What if the blood donor was the product of an incestuous relationship or whose birth was illegitimate in some other way? What if the blood donor suffered from depression, anxiety, or some other mental disorder? Epidemiological evidence concerning the role of iron, a lipid peroxidation catalyst, in coronary heart disease (CHD) is inconsistent. What if the blood donor had cancer either previously or unknowingly at the time of donation?
Scriptural Guidance About Blood Transfusions

What if the donor was sick with flu or had just taken antibiotics for a respiratory infection? What if the donor had been vaccinated? What if the blood donor had been taking psychotropic drugs (Antidepressants are a broad category of psychotropic drugs)? What if the donor had been using cocaine? There is no known cure for HIV or AIDS but the drugs help suppress the virus. This study investigates HIV prevalence and incidence at three major blood centers in Brazil. (Note: the Red Cross says this blood is acceptable).

What if the blood donor were taking birth control pills (i.e., the hormones estrogen and progesterone)? 4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10491370 Circulation. What if the blood donor had a sexually transmitted disease or herpes? What if the donor had undergone Sexual reassignment surgery (SRS)? What if the blood donor had themselves been the recipient of a blood transfusion from a foreign country with more lax screening and had received bad blood? Since the life of a person is bound up in their blood, how would the life of these donors spiritually, physically, and emotionally affect the recipient of their blood? If a Christian knew that the blood they were getting through transfusion or in a vaccine was once part of the life of a wicked person such as the kind mentioned above, or some other example mentioned above, would they still want that blood?

If a Christian received that blood, knowing where it came from, would it constitute sin? Another explanation is that males are more inclined to be test seekers at blood centers, as documented by several previous surveys conducted by our group6,25. If God does not want His people ingesting blood into their bodies through the mouth, why would He want us injecting it into our bodies? If it still ends up inside our bodies and becomes part of our life, what is the difference? During a mean follow-up of 9 years, 8 (10.4%) of 77 carriers and 60 (5.6%) of 1073 noncarriers experienced an acute myocardial infarction. If not, why then would a Christian want to receive a stranger’s blood? Is it holy?

Is it pure? Is it ethical to buy and sell blood? Is it morally right in God’s sight to do so? I am not going to answer these for you. Defining incidence among repeat donors also poses challenges. Ask the Lord to speak to you and give you wisdom. You can discuss them with your pastor, too.

Heterozygosity for HH is associated with moderately increased iron levels and could be a risk factor for cardiovascular death. If you have children, ask them what they think? Sometimes the Lord will use little children to speak nuggets of wisdom. Putting it All Together In light of the uncertainty surrounding the sources of the blood in blood banks, and the quality of the blood, it presents many difficult questions of both an ethical and spiritual nature. In light of God’s Word, each disciple of Christ must determine the will of God pertaining to blood transfusions, as well as other medical matters like vaccines and the use of hormone-based products. But they cannot be left to make those decisions alone. Pastors must provide those who are under their care with the Biblical guidance to make right decisions before God.

The present study goes in the other direction, and confirms our previous study focused in São Paulo, that community donors have a higher HIV prevalence.11 Similar results with respect to risk of transfusion-transmitted HCV among family-replacement relative to community donors have recently being described in several African countries30–32 and Spain33. This is not something to be dismissed or taken lightly. And you don’t want to wait until you or your child has a medical emergency to decide what God’s will is about blood transfusions. Flow-mediated dilation in the brachial artery, serum markers of iron stores, vascular inflammation and oxidative stress, and cardiac risk factors were assessed in all subjects. In fact, if you are unconscious, you cannot make a decision for yourself or your loved one at all. You need to prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance now to know God’s will. In my opinion, the Scripture has some clear guidelines about receiving the blood of another living creature into your body.

The life of every living thing is in the blood, and we are to avoid ingesting it. It seems to me that injecting something directly into the blood stream is just as bad as ingesting it, if not worse. Man wants to disregard those guidelines, thinking he knows best. The donation setting may be ideal for some at risk individuals, since they get tested in a highly respected “laboratory”, without arousing suspicion in partners, family and friends, and get positive recognition for the donation. I believe blood transfusions present a significant risk, and there are no guarantees of the purity of the blood in the blood banks. Likewise, there are no guarantees of the spiritual, physical, and emotional consequences of donating or receiving blood. At best, receiving a blood transfusion is somewhat like playing Russian roulette.

At worst, it may be a direct violation of God’s will. You need to decide for yourself before God. As you make your decision, please bear in mind that if any man wants to see God, he must walk in truth, righteousness, and holiness (see Heb 12:14; Eph 4:24; Act 17:31; 1 Tim 6:11; 2 Tim 2:22; 1 Pet 2:24; 1Jn 2:29; 1Jn 3:7; 1Jn 3:10; 1 Pet 1:15-16; Mat 5:20; Rev 21:8; 22:11, 14-15). That is the only standard for heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ still loves you. But His standard is high! And His mercy is only attainable in the world.

In case you didn’t know, Jesus gave his life on the cross for you. He gave His blood on your behalf. He took your place. His blood was pure, holy, and undefiled. If you will repent, give up your life of sin, ask God to forgive you, and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, He will save you. He’ll wash away your sin in His blood, and give you His perfect righteousness as a gift. Footnote: Somatids are the tiniest life form.

They are visible in living human blood, as well as reconstituted dried blood. When healthy blood is viewed in an electron microscope, somatids appear as little dots of light, which seem to dance around the motionless red blood cells. They are living and indestructible, which means they cannot be killed either by heat or by any chemical product. References: Rewards and Incentives for Blood Donation Work, by Healthline News, Blood donor incentives: A step forward or backward, by the Asian Journal of Transfusion Science, American Red Cross, The Project Avalon Forum, HIV via blood transfusion on the rise, by Pakistan Defense, Now Five found with HIV+ after blood transfusion at Assam hospital, by Pakistan Defence, Thayer’s Greek definitions, and Blood donation by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Author’s Note: This is not to be construed in any way as medical advice. Consult a physician for professional advice. If you enjoyed this post, I recommend the articles by Pakistan Defence cited in the references above, as well as my article called What Does the Bible Say About Vaccines?

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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International. He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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