If you have Lyme disease, you are not eligible to donate blood.
The Red Cross recognizes Lyme disease as a chronic, lifelong, debilitating and frequently fatal blood disease and does not allow anyone with an uncertain or positive
- Western Blot
Lyme test to donate blood.
This is ironic as most doctors and no insurer recognizes the existence of Lyme as a chronic ailment.
I can say that I have now verified this myself
- anecdotally – by talking to Red Cross and Blood Connection employees
- experientially – by being turned down to donate and blood and since I work for the Blood Connection (as a courier) being issued a waiver allowing me to skip the otherwise mandatory employee donation sessions. By being turned down for blood donations at other venues. And by having hospital workers inform me that my blood is considered a BioSafety Level 2 substance (as are my sexual secretions). So whenever I have blood taken for testing the lab tech must wear gloves and follow all blood spill and waste disposal protocols for such items.http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/msds21e-eng.php
- Through online research –
So why does the Red Cross take it seriously when most physicians do not? Because AIDS was largely spread through tainted blood donations, and the Red Cross takes it’s safety obligations very seriously in the aftermath of that debacle.
So no if you have Lyme, you cannot donate blood – but I certainly encourage everyone else to do so and often.