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Can I give blood

Are you eligible to give blood?

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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

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 4 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 5 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 6 of 17

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

We'd love to welcome you six months after your baby is born.

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

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Question 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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.

Sexual relations FAIR: New donor eligibility questions Update your blood donor record
Question 13 of 17

From 14th June onwards we'll be asking more questions about your sexual history. Would you like to preview our new questions?

No worries. At the moment it looks like you should be able to donate.

However, if you haven't read about our new eligibility questions, please take this opportunity to find out more.

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Question 14 of 17

You'll be asked: Have you taken PEP or PrEP to reduce your risk of contracting HIV over the last three months?

From 14 June onwards, you'll need to wait three months after taking PEP or PrEP before you can give blood.

If you haven't read about our new eligibility questions, please take this opportunity to find out more.

FAIR: New donor eligibility questions
Question 15 of 17

You'll be asked: Have you had chemsex over the last three months?

Chemsex is a specific type of sexual activity where people take certain stimulant drugs to let them have sex for longer and with more people. Drugs associated with chemsex include methamphetamine, mephedrone and GHB.

From 14 June onwards, you'll need to wait three months after having chemsex before you can give blood.

If you haven't read about our new eligibility questions, please take this opportunity to find out more.

FAIR: New donor eligibility questions
Question 16 of 17

You'll be asked: 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

You'll be asked: Have you had anal sex with your new partner, with or without a condom?

From 14 June onwards, you'll need to wait three months after having anal sex with new or multiple partners before you can give blood.

Please have a look at our FAIR article for more information.

FAIR: New donor eligibility questions

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

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