Sexual activity – Is there any kind of sexual activity that will affect my ability to donate blood?

If you have any reason to believe you may have acquired an infection through sex, you should not donate. We do test all blood donations for certain infections, but no test is perfect.

Plus, even though safe sex practices are vital to the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, 'protected sex' is not 100 per cent effective. Therefore, Lifeblood's guidelines relating to sexual activity are based on the higher rates of infection in certain population groups.

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, you’ll need to wait 3 months after the last occurrence of any of these sexual activities 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) with another man?
  • Been a male or female sex worker (i.e. received payment for sex in money, gifts or drugs?)
  • Had sex with a male or female sex worker?

In the last 3 months, have you engaged in sexual activity with someone who you think might answer ‘yes’ to these questions:

  • Have they ever injected drugs not prescribed by a doctor or dentist?
  • Have they been found to have HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C or human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) infection?

If you answer ‘yes’ to the following question, you may need to wait to donate depending on the level of HIV risk in your partner’s country of residence.

  • In the last 12 months, have you had sexual activity with a new partner who currently lives or has previously lived overseas? 

On a related note, if you’re taking pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis (PrEP), you’ll need to wait 12 months since your last dose before you can donate. This is because there is evidence that shows PrEP impacts the ability of our tests to pick up early HIV infection.

Questions? Call 13 14 95 to speak with one of our friendly staff or ask an eligibility question online.

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