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What is ABO and Rh?

What is ABO and Rh?

The Blood Type Test (ABO, Rh) determines your blood type. It identifies your blood group (A, B, AB, or O) and whether your blood is Rh positive or Rh negative. People whose red blood cells have A antigens are in blood group A. Those with B antigens are in group B. Those with both A and B antigens are in group AB.

What does it mean to be ABO Rh positive?

Overview. Rhesus (Rh) factor is an inherited protein found on the surface of red blood cells. If your blood has the protein, you’re Rh positive. If your blood lacks the protein, you’re Rh negative. Rh positive is the most common blood type.

Is ABO and Rh the same?

The ABO group and Rh type classify a group of genetically inherited antigens found in the outer membrane of each red blood cell. The ABO group consists of four possibilities: A, B, AB, and O. The Rh type is either positive or negative.

What does ABO blood mean?

ABO blood group system, the classification of human blood based on the inherited properties of red blood cells (erythrocytes) as determined by the presence or absence of the antigens A and B, which are carried on the surface of the red cells. Persons may thus have type A, type B, type O, or type AB blood.

What is the healthiest blood type?

Type O negative red blood cells are considered the safest to give to anyone in a life-threatening emergency or when there’s a limited supply of the exact matching blood type. That’s because type O negative blood cells don’t have antibodies to A, B or Rh antigens.

Is Rhesus negative rare?

Your blood type is based on genetics and whether it contains certain antigens. While AB/Rh-negative may be the rarest blood type in the United States, this is not the case worldwide.

What blood type lives the longest?

Life Span. Chances are higher you’ll live longer if you have type O blood. Experts think your lowered risk of disease in your heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease) may be one reason for this.

What is the strongest blood type?

If you have blood type O, you have antibodies that will fight the A and B antigens. If a person has blood type AB, they don’t have such antibodies, and they can accept transfusions from all other blood types. Thus AB blood type people can be termed universal patients.

Which is the healthiest blood type?

Of the eight main blood types, people with type O have the lowest risk for heart disease.