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ineisa
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   Posted 7/28/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Does anyone know if a person with Lyme can donate blood? I checked on the blood.co.uk site and it does not say anything about lyme. It only says to wait for 7 days after taking any medication. x
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GWB
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   Posted 7/28/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyme Disease Transmission From Blood--

"Although no cases of Lyme disease have been linked to blood transfusion,scientists have found that the Lyme disease bacteria can live in blood that is stored for donation. Individuals being treated for Lyme disease with an antibiotic should not donate blood. Individuals who have completed antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease may be considered as potential blood donors. Information on the current criteria for blood donation is available on the Red Cross website www.redcross.org/donate/give/."

Source:www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/ld_transmission.htm

Although, what one MAY do, isn't always what one SHOULD do. According to my two LLMD's, I contracted Lyme disease from a blood transfusion in 1994. Ever since the surgery my health deteriorated. The doctors couldn't figure out why until over five years ago when they finally dx me as having Lyme disease.

What the guidelines are in UK, I have no clue. The guidelines in US seem a bit murky at this time. But if I knew I had Lyme disease, I wouldn't donate blood as I believe it can be transmitted from one person to another through blood. My conscience would not permit me to donate my blood at the risk of giving this miserable disease to someone else.

Gary

IH8Ticks
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   Posted 7/28/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone who has ever had babesiosis is banned for life from giving blood. I thought that anyone who had Lyme was also banned for life, but now I can't find it.

IH8Ticks
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   Posted 7/28/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I found several local chapters of the Red Cross who say that if you have chronic Lyme disease, you cannot donate blood. Of course, we can all appreciate the high irony here since many in the medical profession don't even think that chronic Lyme disease exists. My advice would be that if you have EVER had a tick borne infection, NEVER donate blood, even if you are symptom free. The risk of infecting someone who is already weak from surgery or something else is just too great. When I renewed my driver's license last year. I took myself OFF the organ donor registration. I recommend that other people do that as well.

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   Posted 7/28/2010 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't donated blood since I was 20 years old - mainly because I was concerned about my very high titers for EBV. I have since become convinced that those with tick-born illnesses shouldn't donate any blood products as well.


www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119007699/abstract
"... There have been more than 20 documented cases of Babesiosis transmitted by blood transfusion, and a single reported case of transfusion transmission of RMSF. To date there have bee no confirmed reports of Lyme Disease transmitted by blood transfusion, and only a single possible case of Ehrlichiosis."
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vicparis
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   Posted 7/28/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think they want my blood.
 
Victoria

ineisa
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   Posted 8/1/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, no blood donation for me. WHat scares me is all this people that do have lyme and don't know yet and might be giving blood...Scary!
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+Lyme
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   Posted 8/1/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to donate regularly, but I don't think any of us should donate any blood. Even if lyme isn't spread that way, (and NO reason to believe it can't -- that's exactly how the tick caught it - sucking others' blood) too big a risk of co-infections and viruses. Eventually, tho, I will look into having blood drawn for myself only. I know you can do this before an operation, but not sure if you can do it at any time.

Look at it this way: if you can donate blood for yourself only, you are still helping to stock the blood. It's that much less they will need for you if the need arises.
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Traveler
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   Posted 8/1/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's another thought - don't sign up to donate your body or any organs to be transplanted after you die, either. I know for the area I live in, when getting or renewing a drivers' license, the question always asked is if one wants to be an organ donor. PLEASE say no!! There quite a few documented cases of contracting LD & other tick-born illnesses through a transplant!!!!
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May we all find peace along the journey to find healing.
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Dahlias
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   Posted 2/27/2018 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Just saw a flyer for blood donation that made me think. Did a search and thought I'd bump this thread. I guess that's it for blood donation ever again. sad Good thing I haven't been allowed to donate for years due to low iron.

Need to figure out how to change the organ donation thing on my drivers license too.
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