QUESTION: Have you had any of the following: night sweats; unexplained fever
above 99 F; persistent cough or shortness of breath; lymph nodes
swollen for more than a month; blue or purple spots or lumps on or under
the skin or mucous membranes; white patches or unusual lesions in the
mouth; persistent diarrhea; or unexpected weight loss?
Are you a member of, or a sexual partner of a category considered at
high risk of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)?
EXPLANATION: Individuals in categories at high risk for acquiring or transmitting AIDS,
and their sexual partners, should not donate blood. These include
persons with AIDS; persons who have experienced the symptoms
listed above; males who have had sex with, or whose male partners
have had sex with, more than one male since 1977; past or present
abusers of intravenous drugs; Haitian entrants to the US after 1977;
hemophiliacs; those having sex with prostitutes (in the past 12
months) and the sexual partners of individuals in these categories,
with instruction that such individuals should abstain from donation.
Donor room personnel must question all individuals who elect to
donate about the signs and symptoms listed, and should be alert to
abnormalities on physical examination, especially evidence of IV drug
abuse, skin lesions, fever, or evidence of recent weight loss. At some
centers, donors unwilling to discontinue the selection process are
offered an opportunity to signify confidentially that their blood should
not be used for transfusion.
TWELVE MONTH DEFERMENT OF DONORS (IN CASE HEPATITIS
a. Donors may be deferred for at least 12 months under the following
(1) Recipient of blood, blood components, or derivatives such as fibrinogen,
Factor II, VII, IX, or X complex, AHF concentrates, immune vaccines, and so forth. This
includes donors who are in blood group immunization programs.
(2) Donor who has had skin allografts and tattoos. (Ear-piercing and
acupuncture done under questionable conditions may be considered as reason for