|If you cut yourself, even if it’s small, you will lose a lot of blood
||You may bleed longer, but not any faster. Normal first aid measures should stop the bleeding
|Women can’t have any symptoms of haemophilia
||Around a third of women who are carriers of haemophilia can have symptoms of mild or even moderate bleeding
|Only women pass the haemophilia gene onto their children
||All the daughters of a man with haemophilia will be carriers, but none of his sons will be affected.
|Children with a severe form of bleeding disorder need to go to a special school
||Whilst some special measures may be needed, we recommend you should be able to choose any school.
|You should avoid all physical exercise if you have a severe bleeding disorder
||Physical exercise helps build strength in joints and prevents painful bleeds into those joints. However, during a bleed, you should rest the affected area.
|Treatments for haemophilia and other bleeding disorders are unsafe
||In the past some people were infected with HIV and viral hepatitis from contaminated treatment, but the use of genetically-engineered (recombinant) products (where available) has eliminated this risk.
|You can catch von Willebrands
||You can’t ‘catch’ any of the bleeding disorders covered in this handbook (even those with ‘disease’ in their name). They are all inherited from a parent.