Is your blood safe?

In order to ensure the safety of blood transfusions, Sanquin tests all donations. If the test results are abnormal, the blood is not used. You can not give blood if you may have been at risk for contracting HIV or another blood-borne illness. There are a number of risk factors that the blood bank takes into account. If one of these risk factors applies to you, please call 0800-5115 and ask for the donation doctor.

Men

If you are a man, you may never donate blood if you answer ‘yes’ to one of the following questions:

-        Are you HIV positive or do you have AIDS?
-        Have you ever used intravenous drugs?
-        Do you suffer from haemophilia?
-        Is your (female) partner HIV positive or does she have AIDS?
-        Has your partner ever used intravenous drugs?
-        Are you a carrier of the hepatitis B or C virus?
-        Are you concerned about high-risk contact(s) and do you want to know if you have been infected?
-        Have you ever been paid for sex with money or drugs?
-        If you do not want to be informed of an abnormal test result, then you must never give blood.

If you are a man, you may not donate blood for 12 months if you answer ‘yes’ to one of the following questions:

-        Have you had sex with another man?
-        Have you had occasional sex with a woman who is HIV positive or has AIDS?
-        Have you had occasional sex with a woman who has used intravenous drugs?
-        Have you paid for sex?
-        Have you had sex with a woman from Sub-Saharan Africa or the Cape Verdean islands, or have you lived there?
-        Have you had sex with someone who has a sexually transmitted disease or hepatitis (jaundice, liver infection)?
-        Have you snorted cocaine?

Women

If you are a woman, you may never donate blood if you answer ‘yes’ to one of the following questions:

-        Are you HIV positive or do you have AIDS?
-        Have you ever used intravenous drugs?
-        Does your partner have haemophilia and was he treated with clotting products before 1986?
-        Has your partner ever used intravenous drugs?
-        Is your partner HIV positive or does he have AIDS?
-        Does your partner (male) also have sex with a man or men?
-        Are you a carrier of the hepatitis B or C virus?
-        Are you concerned about high-risk contact(s) and do you want to know if you have been infected?
-        Have you ever been paid for sex with money or drugs?
-        If you do not want to be informed of an abnormal test result, then you must never give blood.

If you are a woman, you may not donate blood for 12 months if you answer ‘yes’ to one of the following questions:

-        Have you had occasional sex with a man who is HIV positive or has AIDS?
-        Have you had occasional sex with a man who has used intravenous drugs?
-        Have you had occasional sex with a man who has had sex with a man or men?
-        Have you paid for sex?
-        Have you had sex with a man from Sub-Saharan Africa or the Cape Verdean islands, or have you lived there?-        Have you had sex with someone who has a sexually transmitted disease or hepatitis (jaundice, liver infection)?-        Have you snorted cocaine?

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