The FDA Blew Its Chance to End the Ridiculous Ban on Gay Blood Donation

Here are a list of some other things that make you never eligible to donate blood:

  • Those who have ever used IV drugs that were not prescribed by a physician are not eligible to donate. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis and HIV.

  • . If you had leukemia or lymphoma, including Hodgkin’s Disease and other cancers of the blood, you are not eligible to donate.

  • If you ever received a dura mater (brain covering) transplant or human pituitary growth hormone, you are not eligible to donate. Those who have a blood relative who had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are also not eligible to donate. Learn more about CJD.

  • Those who have had infections with Chagas Disease or Babesiosis are not eligible to donate.

  • From January 1, 1980, through December 31, 1996, you spent (visited or lived) a cumulative time of 3 months or more, in the United Kingdom (UK), or From January 1, 1980, to present, you had a blood transfusion in any country(ies) in the (UK) or France. The UK includes any of the countries listed below. Channel Islands England Falkland Islands Gibraltar Isle of Man Northern Ireland Scotland Wales You were a member of the of the U.S. military, a civilian military employee, or a dependent of a member of the U.S. military who spent a total time of 6 months on or associated with a military base in any of the following areas during the specified time frames From 1980 through 1990 - Belgium, the Netherlands (Holland), or Germany From 1980 through 1996 - Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece. You spent (visited or lived) a cumulative time of 5 years or more from January 1, 1980, to present, in any combination of country(ies) in Europe, including in the UK from 1980 through 1996 as listed above on or associated with military bases as described above, and in other countries in Europe as listed below: Albania Austria Belgium Bosnia/Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland (Republic of) Italy Kosovo (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) Liechtenstein Luxembourg Macedonia Montenegro (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) Netherlands (Holland) Norway Poland Portugal Romania Serbia (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) Slovak Republic (Slovakia) Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Yugoslavia (Federal Republic includes Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia)

Three are plenty of other stipulations such as having received a blood transfustion or having been treated for some STDs require 12 months.


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