Sexual Relationships

You must never donate if:

a) You are HIV positive or receiving treatment for HIV.
b) You are HTLV positive.
c) You are a hepatitis B carrier.
d) You are a hepatitis C carrier.
e) You have ever been diagnosed with syphilis, even if treated
f) You have ever injected or been injected with drugs; even a long time ago or only once. This includes bodybuilding drugs, injected tanning agents and injected chemsex drugs. You may be able to give if a doctor prescribed the drugs. Please ask.

You must not donate for at least three months if:

You are working as a sex worker. You may be accepted for donation if it is longer than three months since you last received money or drugs for anal, vaginal or oral sex.

Individual risk criteria

a) You must not donate for at least three months if you have taken part in chemsex activity, including the use of stimulant drugs. This risk applies for all sexual contact.

b) You must not donate if you have been diagnosed with gonorrhoea, until at least three months after completion of treatment and discharge from further follow up.

c) You must not donate if in the last three months,

  • you have had more than one sexual partner, AND
  • you have had anal sex with any of your partners.

d) You must not donate if in the last three months, you have had anal sex with a new sexual partner. For the purpose of donor selection, a new partner is someone that you have not had sex with before or a previous partner with whom you have restarted a sexual relationship.

If you are in a sexual relationship with one partner only, you can donate once it is three months from the date of first sexual contact, even if you are having anal sex.

Partner risk criteria

You must not donate for at least three months after sexual contact with a partner who is, or you think may be:

a) HIV or HTLV positive.
b) A hepatitis B carrier.
c) A hepatitis C carrier.
d) A partner who has ever received money or drugs for sex.
e) A partner who has ever injected, or been injected with, drugs: even a long time ago or only once. This includes bodybuilding drugs, injected tanning agents and injected chemsex drugs. You may be able to give if a doctor prescribed the drugs

Zika Virus

There is a small risk of Zika virus being transmitted via sexual contact. Although the risk is very low, we have a requirement to ask all donors an extra question in order to reduce the risk of Zika virus in blood donation. This question will be asked during the donor screening process on the clinic.

If you would like to discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.