June 14th is World Blood Donor Day. I am a regular donor and have been giving blood for years. I had gotten into the habit of giving every two months, as allowed in the United States, but I had to stop after my (first ever) international trip last September. I went to Peru, which is on the list of dangerous countries, blood-donor-wise. I am resentfully awaiting September 10, 2011 when I will officially be allowed to donate again and then I'm never traveling outside the U.S. again.
Please, someone who is reading this who has never given blood before, please give.