As well as checking the blood group, all donations are tested for syphilis, Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus, Hepatitis E virus , Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and first time donors Human T-lymphotropic virus.
What tests are done when you donate blood?
At each donation, the following mandatory tests are performed:
- Hepatitis B – HBsAg.
- Human immunodeficiency virus – anti-HIV 1 and 2 and HIV NAT (nucleic acid testing)
- Hepatitis C – anti-HCV and HCV NAT.
- Human T-cell lymphotropic virus – anti-HTLV I and II.
- Syphilis – syphilis antibodies.
Do you get tested for STDS when you donate blood?
The primary diseases for which the blood is tested every time you donate are: Hepatitis B and C. Syphilis – a sexually transmitted disease. Each donor is tested one time for Chagas disease which is transmitted through a bug that is referred to as “the kissing bug.”
Is donated blood tested for cancer?
Before donated blood can be used in a clinical setting, it must go through a rigorous battery of tests to ensure that no diseases are passed between the donor and recipient. There is some evidence to support the theory that cancers might be transmissible through blood.
What happens if you donate blood with a cold?
If you have a cold or the flu, you can donate blood, as normal, 7 days after you’ve recovered from your symptoms. If you recently had the flu vaccination and are feeling well, you can still donate blood. Because it’s not a ‘live’ vaccine, flu vaccination does not affect blood donation.