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To be eligible to donate, you must

- be in good health and feel good
- be aged between 18 and 70. You can donate for the first time until the age of 59 and, after you have turned 66, you can continue if you donate blood at least every two years.
- weigh at least 50 kg and your blood haemoglobin concentration must be good (at least 125 g/l for women and 135 g/l for men). Your heamoglobin concentration will be measured by us, so you don´t have to know your value in advance.
- have a Finnish personal identity code and an official document to verify it (e.g Kela card) 
- have lived at least for the last three months in Finland or some other EU or EFTA state
- be capable of filling in the donor's health questionnaire in Finnish, Swedish or English, and have a short discussion with the nurse on your state of health
- have an official photo ID with you

 

The eligibility to donate is assessed with the help of an interview based on the health questionnaire and the haemoglobin concentration measured in connection with it. The minimum interval between whole blood donations is 91 days for women and 61 days for men. Familiarise yourself with blood donation step by step and the frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions that puzzle you about your state of health, we recommend that you check them either on our website, by taking the “Can I donate?” test, by sending an email to verenluovutus(at)veripalvelu.fi., or by phoning our free information number for donors at +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm). This way you can avoid coming to the donation location in vain.

Never offer to donate blood only to have yourself tested. Never offer to donate blood if you suspect that you have contracted a blood-borne infectious disease (e.g. HIV or hepatitis); even the most sensitive tests are unable to detect a newly contracted disease.

 

Abdominal discomfort and intestinal diseases    

Lactose intolerance, functional abdominal discomfort, heartburn, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, haemorrhoids and coeliac disease do not prevent blood donation.

However, you may not donate blood if you suffer from an inflammatory intestinal disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. In these cases, blood may be donated a year after the end of related symptoms and drug therapy.

Gastroenteritis (e.g. stomach flu or diarrhoea) temporarily prevents donation.  At least two weeks must have passed since you stopped having symptoms and taking medication before donating blood.

In the case of parasitic intestinal diseases (e.g. giardiasis, amoebiasis), at least a month must have passed since you stopped having symptoms and taking medication before donating blood. If you are an asymptomatic carrier of the disease, this does not prevent blood donation.

An infection caused by the Campylobacter prevents donation for a month after the symptoms and treatment have ended.

The majority of stomach medications are also allowed for blood donors. Heartburn medicines, antacids and prophylactic medication used for gastric ulcers do not prevent blood donation. Instead, medication used for the treatment of inflammatory intestinal diseases prevent donation.

​See also: ADD LINKS! H. pylori infection, surgeries and endoscopic procedures

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Abortion    

Abortion causes a six month waiting period before the next donation.

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Acne and rosacea    

As diseases, acne and r do not prevent blood donation. Furthermore, the use of topical medication, prolonged courses of antibiotics or oral contraceptives prescribed for skincare do not prevent donation.

However, isotretinoin medication (e.g. Isotretinoin® and Roaccutan®) causes a temporary obstacle to donation. At least four weeks must have passed after their use has ended before you can donate blood.

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Acupuncture    

​Acupuncture does not prevent blood donation if the treatment is provided in Finland by a health care professional with disposable needles. Otherwise, acupuncture prevents donation for four months.​

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Alcohol    

Blood cannot be donated if you are under the influence of alcohol (drunk or hung-over). Excessive use of alcohol and alcoholism damage the liver and cause extensive adverse changes in the body. This is why they prevent blood donation. Also, blood cannot be donated if the prospective donor is undergoing a programme of alcohol detoxification or immediately after it.

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Allergy and anaphylactic shock    

In most cases, allergy does not prevent donation. Ordinary allergies (to e.g. pollen, dust, animals or food) which are controlled using antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays or eye drops are not an obstacle to donating blood. In addition, common allergy medications (antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops or creams used for allergic eczema) do not prevent donation.

However, a serious, severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) that required hospitalisation causes a permanent obstacle to blood donation. Desensitisation implemented with injections causes a three-day waiting period after each injection. If the therapy is performed with tablets, it causes a two-week long obstacle to donation starting from the day the therapy begins.

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Antibiotic treatment    

The majority of infections (bacterial or viral infections) that require an oral course of antibiotics (tablets, capsules or pharmaceutical solution), cause a temporary obstacle to blood donation. You cannot donate blood while being treated with antibiotics. Once the course of treatment has ended, you must wait for two weeks before donation.

An infection that requires inpatient care or intravenous antibiotic treatment causes a three-month obstacle to donation. A superficial, mild infection that can be treated with topical treatments (antimicrobial drugs in gel form, powder, cream, drops, vaginal suppository, etc.) does not prevent blood donation.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI acne and rosacea, vaginal infection

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Arrhythmia    

Cardiogenic chest pain, cardiac infarction or recurring serious arrhythmia (e.g. atrial fibrillation) are permanent obstacles to donating blood. Arrhythmia that negatively affects performance, leads to emergency treatment in hospital or is otherwise notable with regard to cardiac function is considered to be serious.

Occasional premature beats and medication used for their treatment do not prevent donation.

If you have been prescribed anti-arrhythmic drugs for the treatment of serious, recurrent or permanent arrhythmia, you may not donate blood. Arrhythmia that negatively affects performance, leads to emergency treatment in hospital or is otherwise notable with regard to cardiac function is considered to be serious.

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Arthrosis    

Arthrosis and the tablet-form medication used to treat it do not prevent blood donation.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI cortisone injection in a joint

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Asthma    

Asthma does not usually prevent donation and the majority of people who suffer from asthma can donate blood. Only difficult-to-manage asthma that is treated with theophylline or cortisone tablets can cause a long-term obstacle to donation.

Exacerbation of asthma causes a temporary obstacle to blood donation, because a drop in blood haemoglobin concentration can increase and even aggravate asthma symptoms during this period.

The majority of asthma medications, such as all inhalants and bronchodilators and their combinations, are allowed for donors. Also leukotriene antagonist tablets (e.g. Accolate®, Singular® and Montelukast®) used for the treatment of allergic asthma, are permitted drugs for donors.

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Atopic eczema    

Atopic eczema with mild symptoms does not prevent blood donation. However, you may not donate blood if the eczema is severe, extensive or clearly in a period of exacerbation. Also, you must not have any eczema in the puncture location, i.e. the bend of your elbow. Creams used for the treatment of atopic eczema do not prevent blood donation.

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia    

Benign prostatic hyperplasia and medication for it do not prevent blood donation.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI cancer

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Bleeding disorder    

If you have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder or haemorrhagic disease, you cannot donate blood. These diseases include haemophilia and von Willebrand's disease. This donation restriction is based on the fact that blood donation could be detrimental to a donor with a bleeding disorder. Donation strains the bone marrow that is also burdened by the bleeding disorder.

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Blood transfusion    

A blood transfusion given elsewhere than in the British Isles, Central or South America or Africa prevents blood donation for at least four months.

If you have had a blood transfusion in the British Isles, this prevents blood donation permanently (risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which is the human form of BSE or 'mad cow disease').

Also, a blood transfusion given in Central or South America or Africa prevents blood donation permanently because of the risk of tropical diseases (trypanosomiasis infections in particular).

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Brain surgery    

Brain or meningeal surgery may affect eligibility to donate blood. A Blood Service consultant will assess the donor's eligibility to donate. This assessment may require the donor's patient records.

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Breastfeeding    

You cannot donate blood while breastfeeding. Pregnancy, giving birth and breastfeeding takes its toll on the iron resources of the mother and you always lose iron during blood donation. Therefore, donating blood is only possible after breastfeeding has ended.

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Bronchitis    

Acute bronchitis temporarily prevents blood donation. Once you are free of symptoms and two weeks have passed since the end of possible antibiotic treatment, you can donate blood.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Bypass surgery    

You may not donate blood if you have had bypass surgery, balloon dilation surgery, vascular prosthetic surgery or surgery to your heart valves as an adult.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI heart disease

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Cancer    

Blood cannot be donated if you are currently being treated for or monitored due to cancer. In addition, you may not donate blood if you have had cancer previously and have now recovered and are free of symptoms.

The only exceptions to having had cancer are locally treated cervical cancer and basal cell carcinoma or basalioma. These prevent blood donation temporarily for a year after the treatment has ended.

The donation restriction related to cancer is based on the fact that blood donation could strain the donor's system or assist in the return of the illness. This ban on donating blood is widely used around the world, and is also recorded in the regulations adhered to in Europe.

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Cataract and cataract surgery    

Cataract does not prevent blood donation. However, cataract surgery prevents donation for at least a week.

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Cholesterol    

High cholesterol or the use of cholesterol medication do not prevent blood donation. However, if the cholesterol therapy was started due to a cardiac infarction, disorder of the cerebral circulation or diagnosed coronary artery disease, these cardiovascular diseases prevent blood donation.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI disorder of cerebral circulation

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease    

Chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are not an obstacle to donating blood, as long as they are symptom-free. These diseases are progressive by nature, so if therapeutic medication for the lungs are needed, blood donation is no longer possible.

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Common cold    

Having a cold or the flu is a temporary obstacle to donating blood. After a feverless and mild upper respiratory infection (sore throat, head cold or cough) you may donate blood once you are free of symptoms and feel well again.

However, if a doctor has prescribed sick leave for the flu or you have a temperature of over 38 °C, you may not donate blood until a minimum of two weeks have passed since your recovery. In addition, at least two weeks must have passed since you stopped taking possible antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics) before you donate.

Influenza prevents donation for at least two weeks. However, if you have needed treatment in the hospital or intravenous antibiotics due to influenza, you may not donate blood for three months.

If you suffer from other local infections (such as earache, sinusitis or bronchitis) you may not donate blood. At least two weeks must have passed since you had any symptoms and stopped taking the antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics) before you donate.

Use of cough medicines, nasal sprays or anti-inflammatories do not prevent donation.

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Contraceptive pills and hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms    

Contraceptive pills, other contraceptives (e.g. contraceptive vaginal ring or IUD) and hormone preparations used for menopausal symptoms are not an obstacle to blood donation.

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Cortisone injection in a joint    

If you receive an injection of cortisone or other pharmaceutical agent in a joint, you may not donate blood for a week.

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Cupping therapy    

Having cupping therapy prevents you from donating blood for four months.​

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Dementia and other memory diseases    

All progressive memory diseases (dementia, Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia) prevent blood donation permanently.

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Dental care    

Minor procedures performed by a dental hygienist or dentist (filling a cavity, removal of dental calculus, final installation of a crown or implant in the mouth) prevent donation on the day of the procedure. Blood can be donated on the day following the procedure. Instead, a normal dental check-up, fluoride treatment, dental X-ray or an adjustment of orthodontic appliances in connection with orthodontic treatment do not prevent blood donation.

Dental surgery, tooth extraction and root canal treatment cause a week-long obstacle to donation,
while the installation of a dental implant in the jaw bone prevents donation for a month.

You cannot donate blood if you are suffering from a dental inflammation or symptoms caused by wisdom teeth. In addition, gingivitis requiring antibiotic treatment is an obstacle to blood donation. At least two weeks must have passed since you stopped taking the antibiotics before donating blood.

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Diabetes    

Diabetes, treater with manners of life or with any other drugs than insulin, does not prevent from blood donation. Precondition the diabetes has not caused any damage on organs (ie. retinopatia or refnopatia) and one has not had hypoglygemia during past month and there has not been changes in the medication during past month.

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Disorder of cerebral circulation    

Cerebral circulation disorders are classified as serious cardiovascular diseases or incidents. They prevent blood donation permanently.

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Drugs    

There are only a few drugs that, as such, prevent blood donation. In most cases, drugs used by a blood donor are assessed based on the reason why they are used, and the key factor is whether the disease that the drug is taken for prevents blood donation.

For example, as drugs, antihypertensives, cholesterol medications, allergy and asthma medications, drugs preventing benign prostatic hyperplasia, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories and sleeping pills do not prevent donation. In case of diabetes, only the use of insulin prevents donation. Other drugs for diabetes are allowed. The majority of people using these drugs can donate blood.

Use of herbal medicinal preparations and natural drugs do not prevent donation. In addition, all nutritional supplements and vitamins are allowed.

Further information regarding the impact of drugs on the suitability to donate blood can be found under the disease for which the drug is prescribed.

See also: Antibiotic treatment

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Epilepsy    

Since blood donation can introduce or re-trigger epilepsy symptoms, epilepsy prevents blood donation. Also other convulsive symptoms (e.g. alcohol withdrawal seizures or convulsions with unknown origin) and use of antiepileptics or anticonvulsants are obstacles to blood donation.

If epilepsy or other tendency to have seizures is cured, possible drug therapy is cancelled and you have not had any symptoms for three years, you may donate blood.

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Erectile dysfunction    

An erectile dysfunction and medication for it do not prevent blood donation.

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Exercise and sport    

Exercising or doing sport does not prevent blood donation, but there are a couple of things to consider regarding exercise as you plan the timing of your donation.

During blood donation approximately half a litre of blood is lost and this will affect your fluid balance for a short while.

On the other hand, the decrease in hemoglobin levels will affect your performance in strenuous exercise and physical endurance, both short and long term. You can do normal exercise the day after your donation. Returning to strenuous exercise or goal-directed personal best performance may, however, take around one month from blood donation.

To ensure the proper recovery of your fluid balance you cannot do strenuous exercise or sport that causes sweating or requires straining of the donation arm on the day of your donation. To make sure that your fluid balance is as optimal as possible, do not come to donate straight after very strenuous exercise.

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Exposure to blood    

Exposure to human blood via a puncture from a used needle, for example, prevents blood donation for four months due to the risk of being infected with hepatitis or HIV.

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Fracture    

If you suffered a fracture, you are eligible to donate blood again once the fracture has healed and any cast or splint has been removed.

Usually, a fracture that has required surgery prevents donation for at least four months. However, if the surgically treated fracture is in your fingers or toes, you may be able to donate blood sooner.

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Fungal nail disease    

Fungal nail disease and medication used for its treatment do not prevent blood donation.

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Gallstones    

If you have gallstones but are free of symptoms, you may donate blood. If you have your gall bladder removed, this prevents you from donating blood for four months.

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Gene defect    

If you are an asymptomatic carrier of a gene defect, this does not prevent blood donation.

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General and local anaesthesia    

Depending on the scope of the procedure, type of surgery and your recovery speed, procedures performed under general anaesthesia or epidural anaesthesia prevent you from donating blood for one to six months.

Minor procedures performed under local anaesthesia prevent blood donation for one to four weeks.

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Glaucoma    

Glaucoma does not usually prevent blood donation, nor do the eye drops used to treat the condition. However, use of Ödemin® tablets causes a temporary, four-month long obstacle to blood donation.

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Gout    

You can donate blood if you have gout but are free of symptoms. Also prophylactic treatment for gout does not prevent donation.

However, acute gout symptoms and the related inflammation of joints are an obstacle to blood donation

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H. pylori infection    

An infection with Helicobacter pylori or treatment to eradicate it do not prevent blood donation. Blood can also be donated during drug therapy if you do not suffer from any symptoms.

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Haemochromatosis    

Haemochromatosis is a hereditary disease in which the absorption of iron from the small intestine is increased and more iron than normal accumulates in the body. Haemochromatosis is caused by a hereditary alteration or gene mutation. In most cases, this mutation can be found in the HFE gene. Excess accumulation of iron in the body can lead to abnormal liver function, pancreatic diabetes and cardiac insufficiency.

Persons with an HFE gene mutation and those suffering from mild haemochromatosis can donate blood if they are monitored by their own doctor and have not developed any of the aforementioned serious symptoms of iron accumulation. However, the Blood Service consultant needs a copy of these persons' patient records – including diagnosis, data regarding the absence of associated symptoms and a treatment plan made by the patient's own doctor – before donation commences or when the first donation is performed at the latest.

A person suffering from haemochromatosis can contact our nurses beforehand regarding these matters by calling the free information number for blood donors on +358 800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

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Haemoglobin    

Blood can be donated if the blood haemoglobin concentration is 125–175 g/l for women and 135–195 g/l for men. Donating blood lowers the haemoglobin concentration temporarily by 10–15 g/l.​

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Haemorrhoids    

Haemorrhoids and medication used for their treatment do not prevent blood donation.​

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Headache    

You cannot donate blood while suffering from a headache.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI migraine

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Heart disease    

You may not donate blood if you suffer from cardiogenic chest pain, coronary artery disease or if you have had a cardiac infarction. Also a coronary artery stenosis treated with bypass or balloon dilation surgery prevents donation.

You may not donate blood if you suffer from valvular heart disease and have been prescribed antimicrobial prophylaxis against infective endocarditis or if you need to have regular check-ups due to the valvular heart disease every other year or more often.

Antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of endocarditis or a dose of antibiotics prescribed before a procedure (e.g. dental care) prevents donation.

Myocarditis prevents donation for two years after the symptoms and treatment have ended.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI arrhythmia

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Herpes    

Labial herpes (cold sore) or herpes elsewhere on the skin prevents blood donation until the blisters have dried into scabs. Any medication (topical, oral or prophylactic) for the  treatment of herpes does not prevent blood donation.

The first symptomatic period of herpes on the mucosae of the genitals prevents blood donation for four months. Symptomatic periods that occur later on prevent donation until the blistering phase has passed and the blisters have dried. Any medication (topical, oral or prophylactic)  used for the treatment of a reoccurring genital herpes does not prevent donation.

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HIV    

An HIV infection prevents blood donation permanently. Also the HIV infection of your sex partner prevents you from donating blood. You may donate blood when at least four months have passed after the end of your sexual relationship.

The HIV infection of a person other than your sex partner living in the same household does not prevent you from donating blood. However, a prerequisite for donation is that the donor has not been exposed to the infected person's blood during the last four months.

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Hypertension    

Hypertension and medication for it are not obstacles to blood donation if the blood pressure can be managed with the drug therapy. To ensure that the body has become used to the effects of the medication, drug therapy must have been started, ended or the dose changed at least a month before donating blood.

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Infertility treatment    

Blood donation is not recommended for women undertaking infertility treatments. When the goal is to become pregnant, losing iron from the donated blood is not advisable. Keeping the body's iron balance at as good a level as possible for pregnancy is crucial.​

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Influenza    

Influenza or other respiratory tract infection with a fever prevents blood donation for at least two weeks.

In addition, at least two weeks must have passed since you stopped taking possible antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics) before you donate blood.

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Insect and tick bite    

In most cases, being bitten or stung by a mosquito, horsefly, wasp or some other “bug” does not prevent blood donation. Also, an asymptomatic tick bite does not prevent blood donation. However, an exceptionally violent reaction to an insect bite (symptoms including fever, extensive swelling and pain, nausea or suppuration of the bite location), causes a month-long obstacle to donation.

If a rash has developed around the tick bite (a “circular rash”), you must wait for a month after the rash has healed or the course of drug therapy has ended before you can donate blood.

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Insomnia    

In most cases, sleep disorders do not prevent donation. However, you may not donate blood during a prolonged, serious sleep disorder and severe sleep deprivation, because the general condition of a donor must be good.

Using short-acting sleep medicine or melatonin preparations does not prevent blood donation.

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Intravenous drugs and use of pharmaceutical products without a doctor's prescription    

The use of intravenous drugs, even just once, means you may not donate blood.

The use of intravenous pharmaceutical products (e.g. anabolic steroids) without a doctor's prescription, even just once, prevents you from donating blood.

If your sex partner has used intravenous drugs or other intravenous pharmaceutical products without doctor’s prescription, please call our information number in order to check your eligibility to donate blood.

Drug use prevents blood donation. An isolated case of trying drugs other than intravenous drugs causes a temporary, two week long obstacle to blood donation.

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Language skills and use of an interpreter    

​The safety of the blood donor and blood products is very important and therefore it is necessary that the donor understands what the Blood Service staff is communicating and vice versa.

Every donor must have the opportunity to independently fill in the health questionnaire and have the interview discussion with a Blood Service nurse. For these reasons we have very precise requirements concerning language skills and the use of an interpreter. The blood donor must have good enough command of Finnish, Swedish or English to be able understand the content of the information package distributed to blood donors and fill in the health questionnaire. In the interview with the nurse, difficult points can be supplemented together. The use of an interpreter is possible only in case of sensory disability or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – when the donor has an independent official interpreter available to his or her use.

A visually impaired person may be accompanied by a personal assistant, but the donor and the Blood Service nurse fill in the health status form together.

Liver disease (also hepatitis A, B and C)    

Chronic and progressive liver diseases requiring treatment or monitoring prevent blood donation. This also applies to liver cirrhosis.

Hepatitis A (contagious jaundice) prevents blood donation for one to two years. The Blood Service doctor assesses each donor more specifically.

Having had hepatitis B without being a carrier means you may not donate blood for one to two years. The Blood Service doctor assesses each donor more specifically. Being a hepatitis B carrier means you may not donate blood. In addition, the hepatitis B carrier status of your sex partner or other person living in the same household affects your suitability to donate blood. If the donor has received full vaccination coverage against hepatitis B, the Blood Service consultant can assess the donor's suitability to donate blood separately.

A hepatitis C infection means you may not donate blood. In addition, if your sex partner has a hepatitis C infection, this prevents you from donating blood. You may donate blood when four months have passed after the end of your sexual relationship. If a person other than your sex partner living in the same household has hepatitis C, this does not prevent you from donating blood. However, a prerequisite for donation is that the donor has not been exposed to the infected person's blood during the last four months.

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Living in the British Isles between 1980 and 1996    

If you lived or stayed in the British Isles for over six months between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996, this prevents blood donation permanently (risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which is the human form of BSE or 'mad cow disease'). It is not likely that this donation restriction will be changed.

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Malaria    

Travelling in an area where malaria is endemic prevents you from donating blood for six months after returning from the trip and ending the course of antimalarial drugs.

Areas where there is even the slightest risk of becoming infected with malaria according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) are considered to be malarious areas. The list includes areas where taking antimalarial drugs may not be recommended to travellers.

If you have had malaria or if you lived in a country where malaria is endemic when you were under 5, this means you may not donate blood for three years. In addition, you will be examined for malaria antibodies before the first donation. A positive result from the malaria antibody test prevents blood donation permanently.

Antimalarial drug therapy that is started in Finland before the trip to the malarious area does not prevent donation.

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Maxillary sinusitis    

Acute sinusitis temporarily prevents blood donation. Once you are free of symptoms and two weeks have passed since the end of possible antibiotic treatment, you can donate blood.

Chronic sinusitis (related to allergy, for instance) that is treated with nasal sprays, saline rinses or allergy medication does not prevent blood donation.

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Mental health and mental diseases    

The majority of patients suffering from mental illnesses or problems can donate blood. However, a prerequisite for donation is that the donor feels well, there has been no need for hospital treatment in the past six months, any possible medication has been in use for at least a month and the donor doesn’t have any medication, that could cause adverse effects to the recipient of the blood or the donor himself.

Common antidepressants do not prevent blood donation. Some of them may prevent platelet donation. Sleep medication does not prevent blood donation. Some medication used for the treatment of psychosis and bipolar disorder prevents blood donation.

It is worth checking the effect of medication on blood donation beforehand by calling our free donor helpline on +358 800 0 5801 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

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Migraine    

You cannot donate blood during a migraine attack, but in most cases, prophylactic medication for migraine does not prevent donation. Regular painkillers, triptans (e.g. Imigran®, Maxalt®, Naramig® and Zomig®) and beta blockers are safe preparations with regard to blood donation.

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Mole removal and wound suture    

Excision of a mole or nevus and wound suture prevent blood donation for a week. If a sample has been collected in connection with the excision, the results must be known before donating blood.

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MS    

Similarly to all other long-term and possibly progressive diseases of the nervous system, multiple sclerosis (MS) prevents blood donation.​

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Myoma    

​Myoma, or an uterine muscle tumour, does not prevent blood donation.

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Narcolepsy    

Similarly to other central nervous system diseases with unknown cause and mechanism, narcolepsy prevents blood donation.

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Ophthalmia    

You cannot donate blood when you have an eye inflammation with severe symptoms. When you are free of symptoms, you can donate blood, even if you are still using eye drops.

Eye drops used for bacterial inflammation of the eyes and allergic eye inflammation or for moistening the eyes do not prevent blood donation.

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Organ transplant    

Because an organ transplant and medication related to it cause the immune system to weaken, donating blood is not allowed.

A tissue or cell transplant (e.g. a bone or skin graft) from another person prevents you from donating blood for four months.

However, if your own tissue is used as a graft (e.g. a tendon, bone or skin graft), this does not cause a separate obstacle to donation. The duration of the donation obstacle is assessed case-specifically based on the surgical treatment.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI scleral and corneal graft

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Osteoporosis    

Osteoporosis or osteopenia do not prevent blood donation. Oral osteoporosis medication and nasal sprays do not prevent donation but intravenous therapy creates a two-week obstacle to donation.

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Otitis    

Acute otitis temporarily prevents blood donation. Once you are free of symptoms and two weeks have passed since the end of possible antibiotic treatment, you can donate blood.

External otitis with mild symptoms and ear drops used to treat it do not prevent donation.

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Period    

Menstruation does not prevent blood donation.

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Piercing    

Having a body piercing prevents you from donating blood for four months. Ear piercing is also considered to be body piercing.

This obstacle to donation is based on European regulations intended to reduce the risk of becoming exposed to blood-borne hepatitis C and B viruses and HIV in a piercing situation.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI tattoos and pigmenting

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Pneumonia    

Pneumonia temporarily prevents blood donation. The duration of this obstacle depends on the seriousness of the pneumonia and the treatment prescribed for it.

Pneumonia that has not required treatment in hospital and has been treated with oral antibiotics prevents blood donation for two weeks after the antibiotic treatment has ended. If you need to have a follow-up examination or a chest X-ray to confirm that you have recovered from the pneumonia, these need to be performed before you donate blood.

Pneumonia that has required treatment in hospital or intravenous antibiotics prevents blood donation for at least three months after the treatment has ended.

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Pregnancy, birth and miscarriage    

You cannot donate blood if you are pregnant. After giving birth, you must wait at least six months before donating blood.

Also, after a miscarriage, you must wait at least six months before donating blood.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI breastfeeding

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Psoriasis    

Skin psoriasis that is mild or in a calm phase and is treated with local therapies does not prevent blood donation. If the psoriasis is clearly worsening, blood donation is temporarily not possible.

Having phototherapy without light sensitising medication does not prevent blood donation. However, psoriasis that requires any kind of medication in tablet form prevents donation. Use of Neotigason medication creates a lengthy obstacle to donation: at least two years must have passed since you stopped taking the medication before donating blood.

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Renal disease    

Short-term renal failure (e.g. in connection with epidemic nephropathy) temporarily prevents blood donation. In these cases, blood may be donated six months after the end of related symptoms and treatments.

You may not donate blood if you have had a kidney removed due to a disease or if you suffer from renal failure. Nephritis or pyelitis causes a three-month obstacle to donation.

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Rheumatoid arthritis    

​You may donate blood if your rheumatic disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polymyalgia rheumatica) is free of symptoms or if it remains asymptomatic with the help of anti-inflammatories taken occasionally.

If your rheumatic disease causes clear symptoms of arthritis or aggravated periods of pain, or if you take regular medication for it, you may not donate blood.

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Salmonella    

At least three months must have passed since you suffered from symptoms of salmonella and stopped taking the medication for it before donating blood. If you are an asymptomatic carrier of salmonella it does not prevent blood donation.

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Sex and sexual behaviour    

Due to the elevated risk of being infected with HIV, male-to-male sexual contact causes a 12-month obstacle to blood donation. Thus, a woman whose male partner has had sex with a man within the last 12 months cannot donate blood.

The selling and buying of sexual services prevents blood donation for 12 months.

A new sex partner (in a relationship between a man and a woman or two women) prevents blood donation for four months due to the risk of hepatitis and HIV infection. A sex partner refers to a person with whom you have had sexual intercourse or anal or oral sex.

Even though the use of condoms significantly reduces the risk of infection, it does not remove it entirely. This is why the use of condoms do not affect blood donation restrictions related to sexual contact.

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Shingles    

You cannot donate blood while suffering from shingles. At least two weeks must have passed since you stopped having symptoms and taking medication before donating blood.

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Sleep apnoea    

A mild or moderate sleep apnoea does not prevent blood donation.

A severe sleep apnoea with day time symptoms (unusual tiredness, tendency to fall asleep) prevents blood donation. You may not donate blood if you have upcoming tests for sleep apnoea with severe symptoms or if less than three months have passed since the start of treatment (e.g. nasal CPAP-therapy or surgical treatment) or if the symptoms are clearly not eased with treatment.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea are caused by periods of lack of oxygen during the night. Since the drop in haemoglobin levels weakens the body's ability to oxygenate, blood donation can worsen the symptoms of severe sleep apnoea and can therefore cause adverse effects to the donor.

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Smoking and smokeless tobacco    

Smoking or the use of smokeless tobacco do not prevent blood donation, nor does nicotine replacement therapy or medication used in support of trying to quit smoking.

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Surgeries and endoscopic procedures    

If you know you will be undergoing major surgery within the next few months, you cannot donate blood.

Depending on the scope and type of surgery and speed of recovery from the procedure, surgical operations cause a one to six-month long obstacle to blood donation.

Endoscopic operations or endoscopies performed with flexible endoscopes (e.g. gastroscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy) prevent blood donation for four months. Although no infections have ever been found involving poorly disinfected endoscopes in Finland, the Blood Service applies the pan-European practice of restricting blood donations in this respect.

Minor procedures performed under local anaesthesia prevent blood donation for one to four weeks.

Dental surgery and tooth extraction cause a week-long obstacle to donation, while the installation of a dental implant in the jaw bone prevents donation for a month.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI dental care

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Tattoos and pigmenting    

Having tattoos or permanent pigmenting made prevent blood donation for four months. This obstacle to donation is based on European regulations intended to reduce the risk of becoming exposed to blood-borne C and B hepatitis viruses and the HI virus in a piercing situation.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI piercing

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The spectrum of autism    

The symptoms of the spectrum of autism (eg. Asperger’s syndrome or autism) do not prevent blood donation as a developmental disorder of the central nervous system. The features of the spectrum of autism may include specific challenges in filling in forms and taking part in an interview.

If a person has the right to use an official interpreter provided by KELA in social situations and he or she has experienced problems in filling in a form, we recommend the use of an interpreter also in blood donation. It is permissible to use an official interpreter in these situations, similarly to situations where the donor has a sensory disability.

A relative, next of kin or friend cannot act as an interpreter.

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Thyroid disease    

Hypothyroidism and asymptomatic goitre do not prevent blood donation. You can donate blood after you have used thyroid hormone replacement therapy (e.g. Thyroxin®) for at least six months.

Acute, symptomatic inflammation and hyperactivity of the thyroid and treatment for this constitute a temporary obstacle to donation. You can donate blood when six months have passed since the drug therapy ended, you had surgical treatment or radioiodine therapy.

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Travelling and residing abroad    

Travelling

If you travel outside the EU or EFTA countries and stay overnight in the destination country, you may not donate blood for 28 days after your return. This restriction is in place all year round. Read more from our bulletin.2015-12_matkailijoiden_verenluovutus_engl.pdf

Similarly, travelling to a West Nile virus epidemic region prevents you from donating blood for 28 days. The West Nile virus is infected via mosquito bites. This restriction is valid for only part of the year, from 1 July to 30 November 2015.

Residence

The blood donor must have been a resident in the EU or EFTA or Nordic countries for three months prior to donation.

Residing or staying in the British Isles for over six months between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1996 prevents blood donation permanently (risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which is the human form of BSE or 'mad cow disease').

See also: malaria

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Tuberculosis    

Before donating blood, at least two years must have passed since the treatment and monitoring of tuberculosis ended.

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Urinary tract infection    

If you suffer from a urinary tract infection, this temporarily prevents blood donation.  At least two weeks must have passed since you stopped having symptoms and taking medication before donating blood. Blood can be donated during a course of prophylactic medication against a urinary tract infection if you are not suffering from any symptoms.

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Vaccination    

Most common prophylactic vaccines do not prevent blood donation. Vaccines that are safe with regard to donation include pneumococcal vaccine and vaccines against whooping cough, influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and tick-borne encephalitis.

Having a vaccination against hepatitis B prevents you from donating blood for four weeks.

Some of the preventive vaccines include attenuated pathogens. Such examples include vaccines against chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, cholera, typhoid fever and shingles. If you are vaccinated with a vaccine that includes live viruses you must wait for four weeks before you can donate blood.

Also, possible strong reactions to the vaccination (severe pain, fever or rash) mean you have to wait for two days after the symptoms have ended before you can donate blood.

If the vaccine is given after exposure to a specific illness (e.g. after an animal bite), this creates a longer obstacle to donation than a normal prophylactic vaccination.

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Venereal disease    

Condyloma does not prevent blood donation.

The first symptomatic period of herpes on the mucosae of the genitals prevents blood donation for four months. Symptomatic periods that occur later on prevent donation for two weeks if the symptoms are severe and antibiotics are needed for their treatment. However, if the symptoms are mild, blood can be donated when the blistering phase has passed and the blisters have dried.

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea cause a four-month long obstacle to donation. Syphilis prevents donation. Also an old scar visible in blood tests after healed and treated syphilis prevents donation.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI! HIV, sex and sexual behaviour

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Venous thrombosis (thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism    

Superficial venous thromboses temporarily prevent blood donation. The length of the donation ban depends on the scope of the obstruction and treatment used for it.

An isolated case of deep vein thrombophlebitis (thrombosis), that has been treated with at least for two weeks with anticogulant, prevents donation. If the person who suffered the thrombosis has been or is diagnosed with a hereditary predisposition to thromboses (coagulation factor abnormality or thrombophilia), the donation ban becomes permanent. If no such tendency has been diagnosed, you may donate blood when at least three months have passed since the treatment for the deep vein thrombophlebitis ended.

A pulmonary embolism prevents blood donation for a year after the treatment has ended.

All recurrent cases of vein thrombophlebitis, that have been treated with at least for two weeks with anticogulant, create a permanent obstacle to donation.

Also, even a single vascular occlusion (thrombosis) in an ocular fundus vein prevents donation permanently.

See also: LISÄÄ LINKKI arterial disease, disorder of cerebral circulation

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Weight    

According to European regulations, a donor must weigh at least 50kg. This minimum weight requirement is necessary in order for the donor not to lose too large a share of their blood volume in the donation. Losing too much blood increases the risk of fainting and slows down recovery from the blood donation.

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