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Hello All, I'm hoping that perhaps one of you might be a nurse, or know one, as I'm hoping to obtain a sample of my own blood serum at home and want to know if it is possible and how it should be done. The reason isn't important, but I'm wondering the procedure could be as simple as taking a small tube's worth of blood, letting it sit for 30 minutes, cut the edges of the clotting from the top, and sift in horizontal circles (like a glass of wine) for 5-10 minutes. The last part would be instead of a centrifuge, since I don't have one.
I hope this isn't too strange of a question, but it would be a great help to get a straight answer. Many thanks.
If you are in the US, we have health departments that routinely check for HIV. Just swallow your pride and go. They just take one tube of blood and send it off. The people drawing it won't know if it is just routine or you are highly suspicious. It is not that big a deal really. I just got to work at a health dept, and it was a nice working environment. The patients were very nice.
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