What is you blood group? Have you gone for a blood group test? Where can you do a blood group test? How long will it take to have your test result?
A blood group or type is the classification of blood based on the presence or absence of antibiodies and inherited antigenic proteins, carbohydrates, glycoproteins, and glycolipids, on the surface of the red blood cells. Blood types are inherited and represent contributions from both parents.
There are many types of blood grouping system but the ABO and Rhesus classification is the most popular. The 4 common types are A, B, AB and O. The presence or absence of Rhesus antigen on the surface of your red cell determines whether you are Rhesus positive or negative. Persons that have Rhesus protein on their red cell cell are tagged Rhesus positive while those without antigen are tagged Rhesus negative. Over 95 percent of Nigerians are Rhesus positive. For women, it is important to know your blood type and Rhesus factor status before and even during pregnancy to avoid miscarriage from Rhesus incompatibility. Men should also do same before marriage and after marriage.
Doing your blood group test have both medical, social, and marital importance.
It is a blood test. A blood sample (2ml) will be collected from your vein and sent to the lab for analysis. You may feel a slight discomfort while the lab scientist, phlebotomist or doctor is drawing the blood.
In the hospital or a standard laboratory near you. Work to any of the standard hospitals or laboratory near you and get tested today. If you are requested to do your blood grouping test by the court, for marriage purposes, by NYSC, or for employment purposes, it is recommended you do it at a public hospital or lab. Why? The law recognises only tests done in government owned health facilities.
It is cheap or affordable. In Nigeria, it is around #2000 to #3000 Naira. It is also covered by the National Health insurance scheme (NHIS).
Immediately. Within 30 minutes to 1 hour the results iis ready. It may take longer if you met a queue in the test centre. The test will show your blood type and Rhesus factor.
This post was last modified on June 14, 2019 5:00 pm