Men can give blood every 12 weeks and women can give blood every 16 weeks.
If you have an existing medical condition or have a question about your eligibility to give blood you should check the health and travel section before you book an appointment.
Common eligibility questions include:
We must make sure it is safe for people to give blood and for patients to receive donated blood. Blood safety information is below:
You must not give blood or platelets if…Reasons why you must not give blood or platelets.
You think you need a test for HIV/AIDS, HTLV or hepatitis.
You must never give blood or platelets if…
You must not give blood or platelets for at least 12 months after sex (even if you used a condom or other protective) with…
A partner who has ever received money or drugs for sex.
A partner who has ever injected, or been injected with, drugs – even a long time ago or only once. This includes body-building drugs and injectable tanning agents. You may be able to give if a doctor prescribed the drugs. Please check with us to make sure.
A partner who has, or you think may have been, sexually active in parts of the world where HIV/ AIDS is very common. This includes most countries in Africa. There are exceptions, so please check with us to make sure.