Blood Donation - Refrain
Certain category of individuals are strictly forbidden from donating blood.
Do not donate if-
- You have tested positive for HIV or hepatitis.
- You are an intravenous drug abuser.
- You have hemophilia or any blood clotting disorder.
- You had a heart attack in the last six to twelve months.
- You had a recent attack of malaria recently.
- You had received blood, plasma or other blood components during the last year.
- You had cardiac surgery in the last year.
- You are taking cardiovascular medicine.
- You are pregnant.
- You had an abortion recently.
- You had received chemotherapy / radiation for cancer treatment.
- You are at high risk of contracting the HIV.
- Donors who give blood voluntarily and for altruistic reasons have the lowest prevalence of HIV, hepatitis viruses and other blood-borne infections, as compared to people who donate for family members or in lieu of payment.
- WHO Fact sheet N°279, June 2008, Blood safety and donation