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Donors with type A blood are the bravest, poll finds

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation’s Taipei branch released an unusual poll on Thursday in a bid to encourage more young people to help relieve a blood shortage in the city.

The results of the online poll among donors and questionnaires collected from nurses at blood donation stations showed that people with type A blood are the bravest donors, as they tend not to cry out in pain during the process.

Type B donors tend to value aesthetics and usually prefer to have their blood drawn by sexy-looking nurses, the survey found. They also like to donate blood on special occasions, such as birthdays, according to the poll.

Those with type O blood, the largest group of donors, were found to be enthusiastic and outgoing people, who would not be deterred by factors such as bad weather if they wanted to donate blood, said Chen Shih-li (陳世利), an official at the foundation.

They are also likely to invite friends to join blood donation drives, he said.

Meanwhile, type AB donors are very organized since they often schedule the dates for their blood donations, Chen said. They are also quite adept at obtaining gifts in return for their donations, he added.

The foundation expressed the hope that the survey would help attract more young donors, especially students who are taking their final exams.

The cold, wet weather in Taipei has affected blood donations and the city’s blood bank has an inventory that is sufficient for only about four days, Chen said.

The danger of a blood shortage during the nine-day Lunar New Year holidays exists, he added.

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