A Conversation for Being a Blood Donor in the UK
silverygibbon Started conversation Mar 14, 2008
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.
Mat Posted Sep 10, 2008
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.
Cyzaki Posted Sep 14, 2008
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!
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