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October 13, 2000

You can't give blood if:



You have heart problems.

You had hepatitis at age 11 or older.

You are experiencing allergy symptoms.

You are younger than 17.

You weigh less than 105 pounds.

You have a cold, the flu, a sore throat or other type of infection.

You are taking antibiotics.

You were raped in the last 12 months.

You have taken street drugs by needle, even once.

You have been treated for syphilis or gonorrhea in the last 12 months.

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You have taken a blood-clotting factor for a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia.

You have tested positive for HIV.

You have had sex with an IV drug user or someone who has received clotting factor, such as a hemophiliac, in the last 12 months.

You have had sex with someone with AIDS or someone who tested positive for HIV in the last 12 months.

You have lived in a psychiatric hospital for more than 28 days in the last 12 months.

You have been held in a prison or detention center for more than 72 hours in the last 12 months.

You have lived in a halfway house or home for the mentally retarded for more than seven days in the last 12 months.

You have been given money or drugs for sex since 1977.

You are a male who had sex with a female prostitute in the last 12 months.

You are a male who had sex with another male since 1977.

You are a female who had sex with a male who has had sex with another male since 1977.

You are a female who had sex with a male or female prostitute.

- Sources: American Red Cross; Teresa Elwood, director of blood services for Washington County Chapter of American Red Cross; Bob Lawn, chairman of blood services for Washington County Chapter of American Red Cross.

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