Information for All Donors About AIDS

The FDA requires all donors be given information on AIDS each time they donate blood. Please read this information carefully, even if you are a frequent donor, as some of the details may have changed since the last time you donated. Thank you for your cooperation.

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is caused by HIV. HIV is spread mainly through sexual contact with an infected person OR by sharing needles or syringes used for injecting drugs.

  • Persons with clinical or laboratory evidence of AIDS virus infection.
  • Any male who has had sex with another male since 1977, even one time.
  • Present or past users of intravenous drugs.
  • Individuals with hemophilia or a related clotting disorder who have received clotting factor concentrates.
  • Men and women who at any time since 1977 have engaged in sex for money or drugs.
  • Individuals who have had sex within the last 12 months, even once, with any person meeting the above descriptions.
  • Individuals who have had a positive test for syphilis in the last 12 months.
  • Individuals who were born in or lived in any of the following African countries since 1977: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger, or Nigeria.
  • Individuals who have traveled to any of the above countries listed in (8) since 1977 who have received a blood transfusion or medical treatment with a product made from blood.
  • Individuals who have had sexual contact with anyone who was born in or lived in any of the above countries listed in (8) since 1977.

The signs and symptoms of "AIDS" include the following:

  • Persistent night sweats, cough, shortness of breath or diarrhea.
  • Unexplained continuous fevers (Temperature greater than 100.5° F) for more than 10 days.
  • Unexplained weight loss of more than 10 pounds.
  • Swollen lymph nodes lasting more than one month.
  • Purple spots typical of Kaposi's sarcoma, on or under the skin or on mucous membranes.
  • Persistent white spots or unusual blemishes in the mouth.

If you have experienced any of these signs or symptoms or if you have engaged in the previously defined high risk activities, please notify the individual in the screening room and do not donate blood.

If, after donating, you think of any reason that your blood should not be used for transfusion, please phone the Puget Sound Blood Center as soon as possible so that your blood can be discarded. You will be given post donation instructions and phone numbers for the Blood Center after you donate blood.

If You Want an AIDS Test
You should not donate blood just to get an AIDS test. If you want to be tested for AIDS, you must not donate blood. For information on testing and locations, you can contact the following:

  • Your local health department.
  • The National Information Line for AIDS: 1-800-342-AIDS
  • Your own physician

Infectious Disease Testing
Your blood donation will be tested for various infectious agents, including HIV and hepatitis. This testing is done to prevent contamination of the blood supply. Some of the tests may be investigational (research) tests. Any blood testing positive will not be used for transfusion. You will be notified of any test results that are of importance to your health or that affect your eligibility to donate. To better interpret and understand the results of these tests, it may be necessary to contact you for follow-up testing. All donor records are strictly confidential. However, Washington state law requires that the Blood Center report to the local health department the names of all persons with confirmed positive tests for certain infectious agents. Donor records may be reviewed by regulatory agencies and manufacturers of donor tests; in the latter instance, donor identification is concealed.

Please remember, it is not possible to get any disease by donating blood.

Supplemental Documents
Organize Your Blood Drive Brochure
PDF: 6777KB
Donor Commitment Sheet
16/17 Year Old Permission Slip
First-Time Donor Brochure
PDF: 509KB
Questions regarding blood or apheresis donations, call: 800-398-7888.