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Can I give blood

Are you eligible to give blood?

The questions we ask donors change regularly, so even if you’re a regular donor it’s worth checking.

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Question 1 of 17

Are you aged between 17 and 65?

Unfortunately, you can only become a blood donor between your 17th and 66th birthday.

If you're aged 16, we'd love to take your details. If you're a regular donor aged 66 or over, please keep giving.

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Question 2 of 17

Have you been ill with (or self-isolating from) Covid-19 over the last 28 days?

If you've had Covid-19, you need to wait 28 days after symptoms have ceased and feel fit and well before giving blood.

If you were self-isolating without symptoms, you must wait 14 days after your first day of self-isolation before giving blood.

Find out more Read Covid-19: Advice for donors
Question 3 of 17

Have you had the Covid-19 vaccine within the last eight days?

If you've had the vaccine as part of the UK vaccination programme, you'll need to wait eight days until you can give blood.

You must also be recovered from any reaction to the vaccine.

Find out more Read I’ve had my Covid-19 jab. Can I give blood? Read Covid-19: Advice for donors
Question 4 of 17

Are you waiting for test results from your doctor?

Unfortunately, you won't be eligible to give blood until you've received your test results.

If you think your results could affect your eligibility to give blood, please get in touch.

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Question 5 of 17

Have you visited a malarial area in the last year?

Unfortunately, you'll have to wait 12 months before you can give blood.

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Question 6 of 17

Have you had cancer, heart disease or a stroke?

Unfortunately, you're not eligible to give blood.

Many thanks for your support. If you'd like more information, please get in touch.

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Question 7 of 17

Have you been pregnant in the last six months, or are you currently pregnant?

You are not able to donate right now. Find out more about when you will be eligible again below.

Many thanks for your support. If you'd like more information, please get in touch.

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Question 8 of 17

Had a tattoo or piercing in the last four months?

You'll need to wait four months after a tattoo or piercing before you can give blood.

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Question 9 of 17

Have you had an endoscopy or colonoscopy in the last four months?

You'll need to wait four months after your investigation before you can give blood.

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Question 10 of 17

Have you received a blood transfusion since 1st January 1980?

Unfortunately, you're not eligible to give blood if you have received (or think you might have received) a blood transfusion since 1980.

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Question 11 of 17

Have you ever injected (or been injected with) non-prescription drugs?

Unfortunately, you're not eligible to give blood.

Many thanks for your support. If you'd like more information, please get in touch.

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Question 12 of 17

Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for Syphilis, HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C?

Unfortunately, you're not eligible to give blood.

Many thanks for your support. If you'd like more information, please get in touch.

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Question 13 of 17

Have you been diagnosed with and/or treated for any other sexually transmitted diseases within the last three months?

Unfortunately, you're not eligible to give blood at this time.

You should be able to give blood in three months, after you've been treated and have fully recovered.

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Question 14 of 17

Have you taken PEP or PrEP to reduce your risk of contracting HIV over the last three months?

You'll need to wait three months after taking PEP or PrEP before you can give blood.

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Question 15 of 17

Have you had chemsex over the last three months?

You'll need to wait three months after having chemsex before you can give blood.

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Question 16 of 17

Have you started (or restarted) a new sexual relationship, or had more than one sexual partner in the last three months?

Good news! It doesn't look like any of our new eligibility criteria will affect your ability to give blood.

Sign up as a blood donor below - or, if you're aleady registered, make an appointment by logging into your online donor account.

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Question 17 of 17

Have you had anal sex with your new partner, with or without a condom?

You'll need to wait three months after having anal sex with a new partner / sex with more than one partner including anal sex with at least one partner before you can give blood.

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Brilliant! It looks like you should be able to give blood.

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