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Old Feb 11, 16, 2:58 pm
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In some ways, it may be a tougher sell with the FT community than elsewhere. I donate when I can, but going to Belize pretty much once a year meant I was usually ineligible (malaria risk). I've recently been informed that Belize is off that list, but a few days in Zambia + Zimbabwe ruled me out anyway. I'm sure many here are in a similar situation.
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Old Feb 13, 16, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by SpammersAreScum View Post
In some ways, it may be a tougher sell with the FT community than elsewhere. I donate when I can, but going to Belize pretty much once a year meant I was usually ineligible (malaria risk). I've recently been informed that Belize is off that list, but a few days in Zambia + Zimbabwe ruled me out anyway. I'm sure many here are in a similar situation.
Now with the Zika virus problem, I'd not be surprised if we see new guidelines.
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Old Feb 16, 16, 6:42 am
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Because I lived in Germany from 1983 to 1987 I'm on the banned from the US blood donation list. Supposedly I was exposed to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (aka Mad Cow Disease) during that time. Even if they eventually lift that ban, and it's been in place for 20 +/- years, I still travel frequently enough to other "exotic" destinations to keep me banned.
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Old Feb 16, 16, 9:03 am
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Now with the Zika virus problem, I'd not be surprised if we see new guidelines.
Indeed. I'm going to be visiting Indonesia soon and may well get my timeout extended as a result.
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Old Feb 17, 16, 8:42 am
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Now with the Zika virus problem, I'd not be surprised if we see new guidelines.
Just this minute heard a news blurb about the American Red Cross temporarily banning donators who may have been exposed to the Zika virus.

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Old Feb 17, 16, 10:27 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Now with the Zika virus problem, I'd not be surprised if we see new guidelines.
Originally Posted by Randyk47 View Post
Just this minute heard a news blurb about the American Red Cross temporarily banning donators who may have been exposed to the Zika virus.
Yes indeed. Saw the announcement at my local blood center. 28 day deferment for those who have been to Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, or South America.
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Old Feb 28, 16, 12:20 am
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Got a letter from the Red Cross saying the minimum hemoglobin is going from 12.5 to 13.0 in May. In the past year, I've probably had at least half of my (platelet) donations in the 12.5-13.0 range. Because of that, even before I got this letter I had decided to donate every 3 weeks instead of the normal 2, as well as regularly taking an iron supplement.

Anyone else impacted by the change?
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Old Mar 2, 16, 1:34 am
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I only donate plasma now because of the frequency in which I can do it (2 weeks @ 902ml), and because of the number of malaria warnings I have on my profile.

There is an exclusion time of 120 days in Australia if you've been to a Malaria zone, and wish to donate whole blood.
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Old Mar 14, 16, 4:42 pm
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Another pint of whole blood down, and an excuse to bump the thread and remind others to donate.

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There is an exclusion time of 120 days in Australia if you've been to a Malaria zone, and wish to donate whole blood.
Hey, beats the US -- it's a full year deferral for a malaria zone.
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Old Mar 16, 16, 3:31 am
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Yep did mine this afternoon !
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Old Mar 19, 16, 9:06 am
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I got my 14 gallon donor pin just over a week ago when I came in for my donation.
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Old Mar 23, 16, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by JY1024 View Post
Yes indeed. Saw the announcement at my local blood center. 28 day deferment for those who have been to Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, or South America.
It's 28 days for men, but longer for women (six weeks I think?) who are in a relationship with a man who's been in a Zika area. At least it was at my donation center when I was there on Saturday to give platelets. I could donate but my wife was deferred
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Old Apr 3, 16, 5:14 am
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Old Apr 7, 16, 2:58 pm
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Old Jun 15, 16, 11:33 am
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Its tough for those of us that end up in "exotic" places at least once a year. I'd love to donate blood but I also love to travel and end up somewhere on the malaria or zika blacklist pretty often.
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