Can I give blood?

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Make up, permanent make-up and semi-permanent make-up

You may donate blood 6 months after having permanent or semi-permanent make-up applied.

Malaria Infectious disease

If you have had malaria, you may donate blood 3 years after you have recovered. A malaria test will first be performed by the Blood Bank. A shorter delay of 2 weeks after full recovery applies for plasma donation. If you normally donate blood or platelets, you can still (temporarily) donate plasma starting 2 weeks after you have recovered.

Visit to a high-risk area: if you have visited an area where malaria is common, you may donate blood 6 months after leaving the area. However, if you have ever stayed in a high-risk area for malaria for 6 consecutive months or more, you may only donate blood again 3 years after returning. This delay may be shortened; a malaria test will need to be performed, which is possible from 4 months after returning from the malaria zone. If the test result shows you do not have malaria, you can be invited to donate blood again.

The delay does not apply to plasma donation. If you normally donate full blood or platelets, you can still (temporarily) donate plasma.

If you take the donor test, you can see when you may donate blood.

Marijuana use

You may donate blood if you occasionally smoke weed or hash. You may not be under the influence when donating blood.

You may not be a blood donor if you are addicted (smoking marijuana daily).

Measles

You may donate blood if you have been symptom-free for at least 2 weeks and have not used antibiotics for at least 2 weeks.

Medication (medicine)

You can donate blood while using most medication, but there are a few exceptions. Usually it is not the medication, but rather the condition that the medication is given for that is a problem for donation. Also look up the reason for use in this keyword list.

Always take (the names of) the medication you use along to the Blood Bank.

If in doubt, please contact the Blood Bank (0800 - 5115).

Medication for an enlarged prostate

If you use the medication finasteride (brand names include Propecia), you may donate blood 1 month after stopping this medication.

Sometimes Dutasteride (Avodart or Combodart) is prescribed. In this case, you may donate blood 6 months after stopping the medicine.

For other medicines, consult with the Blood Bank (0800-5115) before donating blood. 

Medication for hair loss

If you use the medication finasteride (brand names include Propecia), you may donate blood 1 month after stopping this medication.

Sometimes Dutasteride (Avodart or Combodart) is prescribed. In this case, you may donate blood 6 months after stopping the medicine.

For other medicines, consult with the Blood Bank (0800-5115) before donating blood.

Medicines (medication)

You can donate blood while using most medication, but there are a few exceptions. The reason why a medication is used is the most important factor. Always take (the names of) the medication you use along to the Blood Bank. If in doubt: please contact the Blood Bank (0800-5115).

Meningitis

You may donate blood 3 months after recovering.

Migraine

You may donate blood if you are symptom-free.

The medication you may use can affect platelet function. In this case, we can use the red cells and plasma in your blood for patients, but not the platelets. Always take (the names of) all medication you use along to the Blood Bank.

Last edited on: 4 January 2017