People who spent six months or more in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man between 19 are currently unable to donate.
This is due to the possibility that they may have v CJD (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease), a human form of BSE or ‘mad cow disease’.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service (Blood Service) collects around 1.3 million blood donations each year.
Most of this is used to help people with medical conditions that require blood or blood products regularly.
To a great extent, donating blood is regarded as a gift of life since giving our blood to other people we often save their lives.
Therefore, every healthy individual should be ready to donate his/her blood in case of necessity or urgency.
Donors to the Blood Service must: Some medications may affect your ability to donate blood.
To find out if your medication rules you in or out, call the Blood Service directly.
Donating blood is a safe process while sterile needles and bags are applied to collect blood and therefore the infection spread to the donor impossible.
The US regulations, for instance, allow donating blood once per 56 days.