Who Can't Donate Blood?
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Condition and Length of time before you can give blood
- Not feeling well for any reason, until symptoms are over.
- Cold, sore throat, respiratory infection, flu, until symptoms are over.
- Difficulty of breathing, shortness of breath, asthma, no difficulty breathing on day of donation.
- Antibiotics, two days after treatment is over if taken for infection.
- Blood transfusion, one year after receiving blood.
- Full–term pregnancy, six weeks after delivery.
- Abortion or miscarriage, six weeks if after the first trimester (12 weeks).
- Surgery, serious injury, when healing is completed.
- Dental work, seventy–two hours after root canal or after extraction of tooth.
- Sexually transmitted disease: Venereal disease, chlamydia, genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea.
- Have had sex with a male or female prostitute within the past twelve months..
- Open–heart surgery, three years after surgery.
- Measles, mumps, chicken pox, three weeks from day of exposure.
- Tuberculosis (T.B.), two years after completion of treatment.
- Sniffed cocaine or any other restricted drugs within last 12 months.
- A woman who is menstruating, (safer to donate a week after it).
Please do not give blood if you
- Have used narcotic drugs by intravenous route (injecting directly in the vein), even once.
- If you are suffering from conditions like hemophilia , Thallasemia or any other blood disorder.
- Had a positive antibody test for HIV (aids virus).
- If you are a commercial sex worker.
- Have had hepatitis any time after your eleventh birthday.
- Have had cancer.
- Have multiple sclerosis.
- If ever had myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass surgery.
- Have had a stroke.
- Have had Chagas disease.