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The UK Blood Transfusion Service - HIV and Condoms


The UK Blood Transfusion Service appears not to trust condoms to protect people against HIV.  A leaflet published by the UK Blood Transfusion Service entitled  'Keep Blood Transfusion Safe'  states that people cannot give blood for at least one year if they have had sex with someone who has HIV or if it is thought that they may have HIV, - even if they have used a condom .

You can view this information on the UK Blood Transfusion Service website under the section entitled  Donor Selection Guidelines .

If the UK Blood Transfusion Service appears not to trust condoms to keep people safe, why should anyone else?


The following is taken from the leaflet:


Keep Blood Transfusion Safe

You must not give blood if:

  • You think you need a test for HIV/AIDS or hepatits

You must never give blood if:

  • You are HIV positive
  • You are a hepatitis B carrier
  • You are a hepatitis C carrier
  • You are a man who has ever had oral or anal sex with another man,  even if you use a condom  or other protective
  • You have ever received money or drugs for sex
  • You have ever injected, or been injected with, drugs; even a long time ago or only once.  This includes body-building drugs.  You may be able to give blood if a doctor prescribed the drugs.  Please ask.

You must not give blood for at least 12 months after sex (even if you used a condom or other protective) with:

  • A partner who is, or you think may be:
           - HIV positive.
           - A hepatitis B carrier.
           - A hepititus C carrier.
  • (If you are a woman) a man who has ever had oral or anal sex with another man,  even if they used a condom  or other protective.
  • A partner who has ever received money or drugs for sex.
  • A partner who has ever injected, or been injected with drugs; even a long time ago or only once.  This includes body-building drugs.  You may be able to give if a doctor prescribed the drugs.  Please ask.
  • A partner who has, or you think may have been, sexually active in parts of the world where HIV/AIDS is very common.  This includes most countries in Africa.  There are exceptions, so please ask.

For a PDF copy of the text of the Blood Transfusion Service leaflet 'Keep Blood Transfusion Safe' please click here.


Please Note:

Direct Link to Rubber World the leading magazine for the rubber industry - For a link to
CM Roland's article entitled : 'The barrier performance of latex rubber', click here .

CM Roland's article entitled : 'The barrier performance of latex rubber', can also be purchased from British Library Direct by clicking here .



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