You must never give blood or platelets if: You are HIV positive. You are a hepatitis B carrier.
A partner who is, or you think may be:
- HIV positive.
- A hepatitis B carrier.
- A hepatitis C carrier.
- HTLV positive.
- Syphilis positive.
What excludes you from donating blood?
Blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease disqualify you from donating, to protect both donor and recipient. A member of your family has Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. You’ve been taking certain acne medications, such as antibiotics. You’ve previously received blood transfusions during a medical
Can you donate blood if you have a disease?
Some people are disqualified from donating blood because they have diseases that are transmissible via blood. Other potential donors are disqualified because their conditions could endanger themselves. According to the American Red Cross: Being positive for the AIDS or hepatitis viruses rules one out as a blood donor.
What diseases do they check for when you donate blood?
The primary diseases for which the blood is tested every time you donate are:
- Hepatitis B and C.
- HIV – the virus that causes AIDS.
- HTLV types I and II (viruses linked to a form of leukemia and inflammation of the spinal cord)
- West Nile virus – transmitted through mosquito bites.
- Syphilis – a sexually transmitted disease.