The biggest use of blood products in NZ is in cancer treatment. Around 28% of all blood donations are used by cancer patients.
Each needle used during the blood donation process is sterile and used only once and is disposed of in a specially marked biohazard container immediately following the donation. No one has ever contracted HIV or any infectious disease from donating blood.
If you have any reason to believe you may have acquired an infection through unprotected sex, you should not donate. NZ Blood Service relies on donors giving accurate information about their health and other important issues that affect the safety of blood.
You must NEVER give blood if:
You must not give blood for 12 MONTHS:
You must not give blood for 12 MONTHS:
Depending on the type of STD you have or have had in the past there could be a temporary or permanent deferral that applies.
If multiple episodes of sexually transmitted infections have occurred a person may not be able to give blood donations.
After an episode of gonorrhoea - you must wait for one year from recovery and the end of treatment.
For chlamydia and non specific urethritis we will ask you to wait for 4 weeks after full recovery and completing antibiotic treatment.
If you have or have had syphilis you are not eligible to donate.
For other infections or if you are uncertain, please call your local Donor Centre or 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) and ask to speak with a nurse to discuss your eligibility.
You will be able to donate when you are feeling well and the rash is completely clean and dry.
NZ Blood Service may also be able to use your plasma to provide valuable antibodies to protect people at risk of chickenpox. If you live near one of our main Donor Centres, please tell us about your chickenpox infection as soon as possible as we may wish to arrange special tests to check your chickenpox antibody level. Please call your local Donor Centre.
Yes however we strongly recommend you wait at least 1 hour after your donation before having a smoke.
If your spleen was removed due to trauma or physical injury you are eligible to donate 6 months after full recovery.
If you received a blood transfusion as well, you will not be eligible to donate for 12 months after the transfusion.
If however, your spleen was removed to treat a chronic illness such as immune thrombocytopaenic purpura (ITP) or lymphoma, you are not eligible to donate blood.
After a stroke or TIA it will not be possible for you to give blood again, even if you have recovered fully. This requirement is to protect your own health as you may not be able to tolerate giving a 470mL blood donation.
If you have surgery planned within 84 days, you may be deferred if there is a risk of significant blood loss during the surgery. Please call your local Donor Centre or 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325 ) and ask to speak with a nurse to discuss your eligibility.
How long after surgery will I have to wait before I donate?
The length of time to wait before donating blood after surgery depends on a number of factors. They include the condition for which you had surgery, the type of surgery and the recovery period. For most surgery this is 3-6 months but if you received a blood transfusion, the waiting period is 12 months.
If you need more information, please call your local Donor Centre or 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) and ask to speak with a nurse to discuss your eligibility.
If you have SLE we will need to confirm your diagnosis. If no treatment has been needed to suppress the condition in the last 12 months, then you may be able to donate.
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