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Blood Donors

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what restrictions are being placed on blood donors who have visited Africa and for what reasons; and if he will make a statement.

In order to reduce the chance of transmitting certain tropical diseases, such as malaria, potential donors who have visited certain parts of Africa are asked not to donate blood until 12 months after their return to the United Kingdom.In addition, as a precaution against the transmission of AIDS, potential donors are asked to not to give blood if they have visited certain parts of Africa since 1977 and in addition have had sexual relations with men or women living there.