Platelets Eligibility Quiz - Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Platelets Eligibility Quiz

Thank You For Taking The Platelets Eligibility Quiz

Well done!

You have answered some of the questions that you will be asked when you come to donate platelets.  However there are other reasons why you may not be eligible to donate.  We cannot go through all of them here, but we will do so with you in detail at the platelet clinic. You can view a copy of the health and lifestyle questionnaire that you will be asked to complete at the clinic via the link below. We have two health and lifestyle questionnaires, one for new donors/donors who have not donated in the last five years, and one for regular donors. If you have any questions regarding platelet donation please contact: 01-4322833 or 021- 4807400 for the Munster region.

You are not currently eligible become a platelet donor; you must be 18 years of age. Once you are 18 we would be delighted if you applied.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a platelet donor, unfortunately you are not eligible as you must be under 60 years of age to become a platelet donor.

You may however be eligible to become a blood donor up until you are 64yrs of age; please check the eligibility quiz on giveblood.ie

 

Thank you for your interest in in becoming a platelet donor, unfortunately you are not eligible if you have ever received a transfusion of a blood product of any kind.

You may however be eligible to become a blood donor if you received blood in Republic of Ireland before 1980; please check the eligibility quiz on giveblood.ie.

Change to Deferral Criteria for MSM Donating Blood    

Why did the IBTS decide to change from the lifelong deferral to one year for MSM since their last sexual contact?  

There are many reasons why a person may not be eligible to donate on the day they attend a donation clinic.  The IBTS constantly reviews these deferral criteria and makes changes as appropriate.  In the case of men who have sex with men (MSM) a lifelong deferral has been in place since the emergence of HIV in the 1980s.  In light of changes to this deferral criterion in other countries the IBTS decided to review its lifetime deferral.   The IBTS held a conference on 21 & 22 April 2016 at which data were presented from countries that had changed their deferral criteria for MSM.  The data showed that there had not been an increase in the number of HIV positive blood donations, since the change in the deferral policy. It was concluded that international experience had shown that a one year deferral is as effective as a lifetime deferral from the point of view of protecting the blood supply against the risk of HIV transmission.   

What does this mean in practice?  

This means that a man whose last sexual contact with another man was more than 12 months ago will be eligible to donate if he meets the other donor selection criteria.  A man who has had oral or anal sex with another man in the past 12 months will still not be eligible to donate, even if he used a condom or pre or post exposure prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP).   People who take medication to prevent HIV infection i.e. pre or post exposure prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP) will be deferred from donating for 12 months thereafter.  This is because the use of PrEP or PEP may interfere with testing for HIV by delaying seroconversion or giving unclear results in a positive donor.     

What about the risk from Emerging Infections?  

While the one year deferral will protect against the risk of transmission of HIV there is concern that it may not be sufficient to deal with an emerging infection.  Persons who have had syphilis, gonorrhoea, lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) or granuloma inguinale are permanently excluded from donating.  It is hoped that deferring people with these infections will add an extra layer of protection against emerging infections.   In addition there are other measures in place to quickly identify new emerging infections if they occur and to help to protect against these infections entering the   blood supply.  These measures include an international surveillance network and rapid development of new molecular tests.   

When was the life-long exclusion changed to a one year deferral?  

This change was introduced on 16 January 2017.  

How do the new recommendations impact people who were previously deferred? 

Persons who were deferred under previous criteria will be eligible to donate if they meet the new donor eligibility criteria.  

Why did it take this long to implement the change?  

We had to ensure that there was full communication and engagement around this change.  We also had to change our donor health and lifestyle questionnaires, guidelines for staff, information on our website and our IT systems.    

Will the IBTS consider further changes to the policy in the future? 

The IBTS will closely monitor the effects of the current changes over the next few years in order to help ensure that blood safety is maintained.  At the same time, the IBTS will continue to work in this area and review its donor deferral policies to ensure they reflect the most up-to-date scientific knowledge.  This process must be data-driven, so the timeframe for future changes is not something that can be predicted. 

You cannot donate if you have ever had syphillis or gonorhoea

You can give blood 4 months after complete recovery and conclusion of treatment for chlamydia and genital herpes.

You can give blood 2 weeks after complete recovery and conclusion of treatment of genital/anal warts.

Contact us for all other STI's not listed.

Some medications can be harmful to a patient receiving a transfusion.  You may not be able to donate if you are taking medication to treat an illness or infection. In general, you must be fully recovered from an illness or infection and have completed the course of medication before donating. Certain medical conditions require long term use of medication. Not all medications prevent donation - please contact us at 01-4322833 for further information. Ensure that you know the name of any medication you are currently taking or have taken in the past 4 weeks so that we can assess your eligibility to donate.  

Thank you for your interest in in becoming a platelet donor, unfortunately you are not eligible if you have ever had a pregnancy of any gestation.

You may however be eligible to become a blood donor one year after delivery; please check the eligibility quiz on giveblood.ie.

Thank you for your interest in in becoming a platelet donor, you must be 60kg or over to become a platelet donor.

You may however be eligible to become a blood donor if you are 50kg or over; please check the eligibility quiz on giveblood.ie

 

Thank You

Thank You For Taking The Platelets Eligibility Quiz

Well done!

You have answered some of the questions that you will be asked when you come to donate platelets.  However there are other reasons why you may not be eligible to donate.  We cannot go through all of them here, but we will do so with you in detail at the platelet clinic. You can view a copy of the health and lifestyle questionnaire that you will be asked to complete at the clinic via the link below. We have two health and lifestyle questionnaires, one for new donors/donors who have not donated in the last five years, and one for regular donors. If you have any questions regarding platelet donation please contact: 01-4322833 or 021- 4807400 for the Munster region.

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