Five Things NOT TO Do Before Giving Blood
Wait 3 months if there is any question whether or not the instruments used were single-use equipment. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis. Donors with diabetes who take any kind if insulin are eligible to donate as long as their diabetes is well controlled. Acceptable if you were vaccinated with SHINGRIX providing you are symptom-free and fever-free.
Platelet donors must refrain from donating for 72 hours if they have taken any products containing aspirin. Effient and Brilinta – no waiting period for donating whole blood. However, you must wait 7 days after taking Brilinta before donating platelets by apheresis. You must wait 3 days after taking Effient before donating platelets by apheresis. First-time male donors may be eligible to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in more than 3 months.
Is it bad to donate blood?
Acceptable if you were vaccinated for influenza, pneumonia, tetanus or meningitis, providing you are symptom-free and fever-free. Do not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV. Wait at least 6 months after bypass surgery or angioplasty.
HBIG does not prevent hepatitis B infection in every case, therefore, persons who have received HBIG must wait to donate blood. You can give whole blood if you take aspirin, but not platelets because aspirin affects the way they function. You won’t be able to give platelets right away if you’re taking drugs like Feldene or Plavix to prevent a stroke or heart attack. The body makes around 2 million red blood cells every second.
If you have active tuberculosis or are being treated for active tuberculosis you can not donate. Acceptable if you have a positive skin test or blood test, but no active tuberculosis and are NOT taking antibiotics. You can be exposed to malaria through travel and travel in some areas can sometimes defer donors. If you have traveled outside of the United States and Canada, your travel destinations will be reviewed at the time of donation. Arixtra , Fragmin , Eliquis , Pradaxa ,Savaysa , Xarelto ,and Lovenox are also prescription blood thinners- Do not donate since your blood will not clot normally.
There is no evidence that patients can select safer donors than the volunteer blood system provides. PEP or post exposure prophylaxis is a short-term treatment started as soon as possible after a high-risk exposure to HIV to reduce the risk of infection. PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis involves taking a specific combination of medicines as a prevention method for people who are HIV negative and at high risk for HIV infection. Isotretinoin, finasteride, dutasteride acitretin, and etretinate can cause birth defects. Your donated blood could contain high enough levels to damage the unborn baby if transfused to a pregnant woman. Once the medication has been cleared from your blood, you may donate again.