What are the reasons why a person cannot donate blood?

Name of Office: National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP)

There are certain conditions that prevent a person from donating blood temporarily or permanently. Among the temporary conditions are:                            

  • Pregnancy                        
  • Acute fever
  • Recent alcoholic intake
  • Ear or body piercing and tattooing
  • Surgery

Persons with the following  conditions are not allowed to donate blood anyime:

  • Cancer                       
  • Cardiac disease                       
  • Sever lung disease                       
  • Hepatitis B and C                       
  • HIV infection, AIDS or Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • High risk occupation (e.g. prostitution)
  • Unexplained weight loss of more than 5 kg over 6 months
  • Chronic alcoholism                       
  • Other conditions or disease stated in the Guide to Medical Assessment of Blood Donors.