I saw many people giving blood at a mobile blood center outside the
Wait a minute! Don’t people always donate blood without demanding or expecting a reward? In
The fact that it was emphasized that the blood was to be donated without compensation implied that some people did sell their blood for a price. In 余华’s book 许三观卖血记, people sold their blood when they were desperate for money. Each time they could sell 400 cc of blood, about two bowls in volume, for about 35 reminbi. Each time, before they sold their blood, they would drink as many bowls of water as they could, often directly from the river, to help them with the blood giving. The book was written in 1995, before the scorch of AIDS hit
Later on, the reality turned bleaker and bleaker. And HIV transmission was strongly linked to illegal blood selling. According to the web site http://www.usembassy-china.org.cn/sandt/estnews082401.htm, Vice Minister Yin Dakui reported in 2001 that "about 30,000 to 50,000 people have contracted HIV through blood selling". In this context, Blood donation without compensation became especially poignant. Hopefully, as more people give blood without compensation, illegal selling of blood can be reduced and even totally eliminated.