A Conversation for Being a Blood Donor in the UK

Another restriction

Post 1


If you want to give blood in Australia, there is another restriction to add to the list.

"If you have lived in the UK for over 6 months between 1980 and 1996".

As I recall, it is to do with BSE ("Mad cow disease") but I'm not 100% certain that is the reason.

Another restriction

Post 2


Similar in Germany. I can't give blood here even though I'm O-Neg as I lived in the UK during Thatcher, sorry Mad Cow.

Another restriction

Post 3


Yup - I tried to give blood in France and they wouldn't take it.

Gave blood on Friday - happened to mention I felt a bit funny afterwards and they had me lying on the floor for an hour!

smiley - panda

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