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What are the Rh antigens?

Rh antigens, also called Rhesus antigens, are transmembrane proteins expressed at the surface of erythrocytes. They appear to be used for the transport of CO2 and/or ammonia across the plasma membrane. RBCs that are Rh positive express the one designated D (RhD antigen).

What blood type has Rh antigen?

Blood type B Rh+ Rh+ indicates there are Rh antigens. Antibodies (in the blood plasma): A antibodies. If there are B and Rh antigens but no A antigens, the antibodies in the blood plasma are A antibodies.

What does the D antigen do?

D antigen is a protein with many parts, found on the surface of red blood cells. The D antigen is also known as the “Rh factor,” and it tells your blood type. People are either D (Rh) negative or D (Rh) positive. If your blood type is D negative, your red blood cells do not have the D antigen.

How does a person get the Rh factor?

The Rh factor is inherited, meaning it is passed from parent to child through genes. The fetus can inherit the Rh factor from the father or the mother. Most people are Rh positive, meaning they have inherited the Rh factor from either their mother or father.

Is it better to be Rh positive or negative?

Rh positive is the most common blood type. Having an Rh negative blood type is not an illness and usually does not affect your health. However, it can affect your pregnancy. Your pregnancy needs special care if you’re Rh negative and your baby is Rh positive (Rh incompatibility).

Who has O blood type?

Approximately 45 percent of Caucasians are type O (positive or negative), but 51 percent of African-Americans and 57 percent of Hispanics are type O. Minority and diverse populations, therefore, play a critical role in meeting the constant need for blood. Types O negative and O positive are in high demand.

Does blood type come from Mom or Dad?

Just like eye or hair color, our blood type is inherited from our parents. Each biological parent donates one of two ABO genes to their child. The A and B genes are dominant and the O gene is recessive. For example, if an O gene is paired with an A gene, the blood type will be A.