Lifestyle and identity

Unsure whether you can donate blood if you've had a drink, got a tattoo, or if you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and gender non-conforming (LGBTQI+)? Let's talk about it. 

Absolutely, if you meet our other eligibility criteria.

Absolutely, if you meet our other eligibility criteria. There are no additional eligibility requirements for asexual donors. 

We value you, and recognise that the sex assigned at birth doesn’t define your gender. We understand that our donor registration, which currently asks donors to select either male or female, doesn’t accommodate the gender identity of all individuals. Our eligibility criteria will be applied according to the gender that you self-report.

We allow gender to be self-identified and apply eligibility criteria for the gender reported. At present, our process requires you to select either male or female when registering to donate. We appreciate that our donor database will not accommodate the gender identity of everyone. You’re not required to tell staff if you’re intersex. Our eligibility criteria will be applied according to the…

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Yes, but there are a couple of restrictions. 

If you’ve had sex with a male or transgender partner in the last 3 months, you’ll need to wait 3 months from that contact before you can donate.

Your biology can also affect the patient. For instance, we can’t use platelets from female donors because of the increased risk of a rare but dangerous reaction called transfusion-related…

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If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, you’ll need to wait 3 months before you can donate.

In the last 3 months, have you:

  • had oral or anal sex with another man, even ‘safer sex’ using a condom (if you’re a man)
  • had sex (with or without a condom) with a male who you think may have had oral or anal sex (with or without a condom)…
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Maybe. It depends on the type of drug and how and when it was taken. 

We don’t take blood from anyone under the influence of drugs. Being intoxicated affects your ability to understand and answer the donor questionnaire and declaration, as well as your body’s ability to tolerate blood being taken. 

If you’ve injected drugs which weren’t prescribed by a registered medical…

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Yes, but if it was recent you may need to wait for a bit. It depends what you got, where and when.   

  • Tattoos: You can donate plasma (and show off your new ink!) straight away after a tattoo, as long as it was done in a licensed tattoo parlour in Australia. But, you’ll need to wait four months to give blood or …
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No. We don’t take blood from anyone under the influence of alcohol. Being intoxicated affects your ability to understand and answer the donor questionnaire and declaration, as well as your body’s ability to tolerate blood being taken.

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