FDA expects that the changes made to the recommendations will maintain or improve blood safety with respect to HIV. The change with respect to MSM reflects current scientific evidence, and better aligns the deferral period with the deferral period for other men and women at increased risk for HIV infection. A similar change regarding MSM was made in Australia, where the epidemiology of HIV is similar to that in the United States, with no observable adverse effect associated with the change to a 12 month deferral that was implemented in TTIMS will provide critical information, along with new and emerging scientific evidence, to help inform future actions that the FDA may take on blood donor policies.
The system will monitor a majority of the blood collected in the U. TTIMS will collect incidence, prevalence and risk factor data for blood donations and will have a sophisticated laboratory component. The FDA will closely monitor the effects of the current changes over the next few years in order to help ensure that blood safety is maintained. At the same time, the FDA will continue to work in this area and review its donor deferral policies to ensure they reflect the most up-to-date scientific knowledge.
This process must be data-driven, so the timeframe for future changes is not something that can be predicted.
What changes have been made to FDA's recommendations? What are the current recommendations for donor referral? FDA recommends that blood establishments defer potential donors as follows: Defer indefinitely an individual who has ever had a positive test for HIV. Defer indefinitely an individual who has ever exchanged sex for money or drugs.
Defer indefinitely an individual who has ever engaged in injection drug use that was not prescribed.
Defer for 12 months from the most recent contact any individual who has a history of sex with a person who: has ever had a positive test for HIV, ever exchanged sex for money or drugs, or ever engaged in non-prescription injection drug use. Defer for 12 months from the most recent transfusion any individual who has a history of receiving a transfusion of Whole Blood or blood components donated by another person allogeneic transfusion.
Defer for 12 months from the most recent exposure any individual who has a history of through-the-skin contact with the blood of another individual, such as a needle stick or blood contact with an open wound or mucous membrane. Defer for 12 months from the most recent tattoo, ear or body piercing. However, individuals who have undergone tattooing within 12 months of donation are eligible to donate if the tattoo was applied by a state regulated entity with sterile needles and non-reused ink.
Individuals who have undergone ear or body piercing within 12 months of donation are eligible to donate if the piercing was done using single-use equipment.
Defer for 12 months after completion of treatment any individual with a history of syphilis or gonorrhea or with a history of diagnosis or treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 12 months. Defer for 12 months from the most recent contact a man who has had sex with another man during the past 12 months. Defer for 12 months from the most recent contact a female who has had sex during the past 12 months with a man who has had sex with another man in the past 12 months. How do the recommendations apply to transgender individuals?
Latest updates June 3, Based on Health Canada approval, the blood donation eligibility criteria for men who have sex with men was been reduced from one year to three months across Canada. Read more. August 27, Heart conditions - If you have a heart condition such as a coronary artery disease or past heart attack, you may be able to donate after in the next 12 months if: You haven't had any symptons You don't have any physical restrictions You haven't had surgery or medical procedures for your condition.
Some previously unacceptable destinations no longer have deferral periods. Visit our travel page to see if you are eligible to donate or call us 1 2 DONATE to check your eligibility. Prior to these changes, donors had to wait 12 hours after their resolution of intoxication.
Many people believe that they are deferred because of past marijuana use, but that is not the case. We are now only asking for your recent history of hepatitis — in the last 6 months.
That previous deferral period was one year. Also, we no longer ask donors or their sexual partners about clotting factor concentrates.
This change is thanks to international HIV surveillance and the latest scientific evidence showing these areas are no longer at high risk of variant strains of HIV. Please note, there is still a chance that donors who have recently travelled to these countries may be deferred due to malaria risk. If you have donated before and are over 71 and would like to book, give us a call! If you have never donated before, you can start donating at any time after your 17th birthday.
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