About Blood Donation > In what circumstances should I not donate blood?
In what circumstances should I not donate blood?
Common reasons of temporary deferrals
- Inadequate sleep the night before donating blood;
- Presence of cold or flu symptoms;
- History of dental treatment in the past 3 days;
- History of antibiotics use in the previous week;
- Tattoo or ear piercing, etc., has been performed in the past 12 months;
- History of travel to an epidemic area of dengue fever in the past 12 months;
- History of endoscopy (e.g. gastroscopy, enteroscopy, nasopharyngoscopy, etc.) in the past 4 months.
To ensure blood safety, you must not give blood if…
- You or your sexual partner is an HIV carrier;
- You are a hepatitis B or C carrier;
- You have ever received money for sex;
- You have ever been an intravenous drug user.
You must not give blood for 1 year if you have had sex with…
- Anyone who has ever hired a male or female prostitute;
- An intravenous drug user;
- A partner who are suspected to be HIV positive;
- A partner who has ever received coagulation factor therapy;
- If you are a man who has had sex with another man, or if you are a woman whose male partner has had sex with another man;
- A partner who, in the previous year, has had multiple sexual partners.