Blood donations

Message from one my readers:
Foreigners are welcome to donate and have been for several years.
The blood donation guidelines are in English here: http://www.mutantfrog.com/2011/03/13/who-can-and-can-not-donate-blood-in-japan/">http://www.mutantfrog.com/2011/03/13/who-can-and-can-not-donate-blood-in-japan/
and here's a copy/paste from that site:
The following categories of people are deferred from donating blood in
Japan.

Please also note that ANYBODY who has entered Japan in the last four
weeks may NOT give blood
.

BSE/Mad Cow Disease

To clarify the below rules, please calculate your TOTAL amount of time
spent in ANY of the countries in categories 1~4 during the relevant risk
period for that country. If your total period of time in a high-risk
country during a high-risk period is equal to 6 months or more than you are
banned from blood donations for life.

Similarly, if you have spent a total of 5 years total in any of the
countries listed in all 6 categories during risk periods, then you are
banned from blood donations for life in Japan unless a new medical test in
the future causes the regulations to change.

Please note that no countries in North or South America are on this list;
despite the worries over Canadian/US beef it was never transmitted to
humans.

 1. Anybody who has spent a TOTAL of 30+ days in the UK between the years
1980 and 1996.
 2. Anybody who has spent a TOTAL of 6+months in the UK between 1997 and
2004. (Note: Also include period of stay under category 1,3,4 in this
total.)
 3. Anybody who has spent a TOTAL of 6+ months in Ireland, Italy, Holland,
Saudi Arabia, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, between the years
of 1980 and 2004. (Note: Also include period of stay under category 1,2,4
in this total.)
 4. Anybody who has spent a TOTAL of 6+ months in Switzerland between the
years of 1980 and 2004. (Note: Also include period of stay under category
1,2,4 in this total.)
 5. Anybody who has spent a TOTAL of 5+ years in Austria, Greece, Sweden,
Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, between the years 1980 and 2004. (Note: Also
include period of stay under category 1,2,3,4,6 in this total.)
 6. Anybody who has spent a TOTAL of 5+ years in Iceland, Albania, Andorra,
Croatia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Vatican
City, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malta,
Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Lichtenstein, Romania, between the years of
1980 through the present day. (Note: Also include period of stay under
category 1,2,3,4,5 in this total.)

 blood parasite diseases.

 * Anybody who has entered the country in the past four weeks.
 * Anybody who has entered Japan after visitinga malaria high-risk area
within the last year. This is true even if you were only at a resort area
of the country. HOWEVER, if you have been specifically tested for malaria
and been found negative you may donate blood.
 * Anybody who has entered Japan after living in a malaria high-risk area
within the last three years.
 * Anybody who has ever lived in a region known for Chagas Disease, AKA
American trypanosomiasis. (This is a blood parasite like malaria.)
 * Anybody recently returned from Africa or who has lived in Africa and
ever tested positive for African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping
sickness.)
 * Anybody who has ever tested positive for babesiosis, another blood
parasite most commonly found in tropical regions such as Africa or Latin
America.
 * Also anybody who has engaged in medical work, research, field work, etc.
in any regions known for similar diseases should not donate blood.

 other categories of persons who may not donate blood.

 * who has or has had heart disease, or malignant tumor,
 * who has rheumatic fever or is on antibiotics due to risk of rheumatic
fever
 * Sufferers from any convulsive disorder
 * Sufferers from blood-loss related diseases such as hemophilia or
purpora.
 * Asthmatics
 * Stroke victims
 * medicine allergies, nephritic syndrome, chronic inflammation disorders.
 * currently experiencing extreme hunger or sleep deprivation.
 * currently taking prescription drugs, except for those such at vitamins
with no harmful side effects.
 * Pregnant women or breast-feeding mothers.
 * with a fever, specifically temperature of 37℃ or higher
 * HIV, hepatitis infected persons (free AIDS testing centers link)
 * who has ingested marijuana or other psychoactives within 12 months
 * Any man who has engaged in homosexual behavior
 * with a history of sex with anonymous partners
 * who has been treated for hepatitis A within the past 6 months. Also,
since it is often transmitted by shellfish, anybody whose family member has
been treated for hepatitis A within the past 1 month. Hepatitis B and C stay
in your system, so you are permanently banned.
 * who has ever RECEIVED a blood transfusion.
 * who has gotten a body piercing (ears included) within the past year.
 * with a piercing on a mucous membrane such as the lip, tongue, nose, no
matter when you got it.
 * who has gotten a tattoo within the past year.
 * who has been vaccinated using an inactive vaccine within the past 24
hours for diseases such as influenza, Japanese encephalitis, cholera,
hepatitis A, pneumonia, whooping cough (pertussis), tetanus (may not be a
complete list)
 * who was given anti-HBs human immunoglobulin in combination with a
hepatitis B vaccine, anyone who was given an emergency rabies vaccine (that
is, after being bitten) within the past 1 year.
 * given a vaccination for mumps, rubella/German measles, Bacille
Calmette-Guerin (tuberculosis vaccine), or other mildly active vaccine
(live attenuated) vaccine
 * vaccinated against smallpox within the past 2 months.
 * given an antiserum for tetanus, snake bite or other poison, gas
gangrene, botulism etc
 * who had dental surgery in the last 3 days

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