What Can Prevent You Being Allowed To Donate Blood?

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Well......diseases, and at 16 you can donate, but your parents will have to give permission. At 18 you can donate without permission.)
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Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with written parental/guardian consent.

Common Reasons that Prevent You Being Allowed To Donate Blood are:
1. Low Hemoglobin / Hematocrit.
2. Cold, flu or other illness symptoms.
3. Travel to most countries will not prevent you from donating blood. However, travel to some foreign countries may make donors ineligible to donate blood for varying periods of time, depending on whether certain diseases such as malaria are common in the country visited.
4. If you have a history of bleeding problems, you will be asked additional questions. If your blood does not clot normally, you should not donate, since you may have excessive bleeding where the needle was placed. For the same reason, if you are taking any "blood thinner" (such as coumadin or heparin) you should not donate.
5. Eligibility depends on the type of cancer and treatment history. If you had leukemia or lymphoma, including Hodgkin's Disease and other cancers of the blood, you are not eligible to donate. Other types of cancer are acceptable if the cancer has been treated successfully and it has been more than 12 months since treatment was completed, and there has been no cancer recurrence in this time.
6. You should 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 of becoming infected with HIV.
7. Persons who are pregnant are not eligible to donate. Wait 6 weeks after giving birth.

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