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Who Can't Donate Blood?

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The Most Common Reasons for not being able to give Blood
Temporary Reasons
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.
  • Aspirin.
  • Sniffed cocaine or any other restricted drugs within last 12 months.
  • A woman who is menstruating, (safer to donate a week after it).
Permanent Reasons
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.

Comments (6)Add Comment
Nancy Stone
April 11, 2011
Votes: +1
Recessive gene for hemachromatosis

Why are people with no other symptoms of hemachromatosis and only one recessive gene not allowed to give blood> I have given blood several times a year for forty years but happened to mention I had a recessive gene for hemachromatosis (very common in people of Irish descent of whom are many in the US). The donation center then refused my good blood. What's going on? My doctor says it is senseless to refuse my blood.

merdiza sarmiento
April 20, 2011
Votes: -1

is it true that we cant be a donor to a relative or to your immediate member of your family such as parents,brothers and sisters?

December 16, 2011
Votes: +0

One question on the questionnaire was if I had come in contact with another persons blood in the last year. I marked it as yes and my blood was refused.
I had sex while my partner was on her period. Should this count?

May 15, 2012
Votes: -4
Effects of blood donations

Will meds for anti seizure , blood pressure or paranoid schitzophrenia affect the donor and or recipient?

Big Bob
June 23, 2012
Votes: +3

smilies/tongue.gif So can you donate if you smoke marijuana? smilies/sad.gif

November 06, 2012
Votes: +0

When I went to give blood I was told I couldn't, when I had the finger prick test, the droplet of blood that was put in the solution, did the opposite to what it should of done, why is this? I was never told, just was told I couldn't donate.

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