QUESTION: Have you ever had malaria? When?
Are you a visitor or immigrant to the USA.?
Have you been out of the USA in the past 3 years? Where?
Have you ever taken any medication to prevent malaria?
EXPLANATION: Travelers in areas considered endemic for malaria by the Malaria
Program Center for Disease Control may be accepted as regular
blood donors 6 months after return to a non-endemic area, providing
they have been free of symptoms and have not taken antimalarial
drugs in the interim. (A recent World Health Organization map of
endemic areas should be available to interviewing personnel.)
Prospective donors who have had malaria shall be deferred for 3
years after becoming asymptomatic and after cessation of therapy.
Prospective donors who have taken antimalarial prophylaxis shall be
deferred for 3 years after cessation of therapy or after departure from
the area if they have been asymptomatic in the interim. Immigrants or
visitors from endemic areas are acceptable as blood donors 3 years
after departure from the area if they have been asymptomatic in the
interim. Donations to be used for the preparation of plasma, plasma
components, or fractions devoid of intact red blood cells are exempt
from these restrictions.
QUESTION: Have you ever had yellow jaundice or hepatitis?
Have you had a reactive test for hepatitis (HBsAg)?
Have you had intimate contact with a person with hepatitis? When?
Have you received injections of hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG)?
Have you been transfused with blood or blood components? When?
Have you had a tattoo? When?
Have you ever injected drugs into your veins or skin? (If ear piercing
and/or acupuncture are commonly performed in the area and are not
performed by a physician, the donor should be questioned about these
EXPLANATION: The possible presence of the agent of viral hepatitis cannot at present
be detected with 100 including history, physical examination or laboratory tests
(including tests for HBsAg); therefore, strict regulations for donor acceptability must be
established and followed.