It is important to donate blood. It helps doctors and scientists save the lives of others or help to cure diseases and viruses that still remain incurable.
There have been many mistakes where a person could die or get a terminal illness from a blood transfusion. If the blood being transfused has anything wrong with it, then the person receiving the blood will now have whatever the other person has had.
Due to all this, there is a questionnaire that must be filled out before donating blood. This questionnaire includes several questions regarding you medical background, your ethnicity and race, along with your sexual habits.
In New York State, for example, they have a list of permanent reasons. These permanent reasons list are a list of situations that you may or may not have partaken in.
If you have, it is strongly discouraged that you do not donate blood. The list includes using illegal drugs with needles, having HIV/AIDS, having Cancer, or having sex for money and/or drugs at any point in their life.
With the infections of HIV starting in the 1980’s, it is very important to watch for sexually active people after 1977. For example, if you are man and had had sex with another man after 1977, then you are ineligible to donate blood…ever!