Am I allowed to donate?

If any of the following apply to you unfortunately you will be unable to join the register.

  • You are aged under 16 or over 30 for Anthony Nolan or under17 or over 55 for Delete Blood Cancer.
  • You weigh under 7st12lbs (50kg) or are severely overweight (a BMI of more than 35).
  • You (or your partner) are, or think you are, HIV or Human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV) positive or believe you may carry the Hepatitis B or C virus.
  • You don’t live in the UK.
  • You have ever been injected with non-prescription drugs including body-building drugs (includes one off use)
  • You are involved in high-risk sexual practices that may increase your exposure to sexually-transmitted diseases.
  • You have EVER had any of the following:
    • Cancer (including leukaemia)
    • Heart disease or heart surgery
    • Stroke
    • Epilepsy (unless you have not had a seizure or taken medication for epilepsy for the last three years)
    • Any neurological condition
    • COPD including lung clots
    • Diabetes (unless this is controlled by diet alone)
    • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Reiter’s syndrome
    • Autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Vasculitis
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Graves’ disease
    • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
    • Pernicious anaemia
    • Myasthenia gravis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Haemophilia
    • Thalassaemia
    • Sciatica
    • Hepatitis or a positive blood test for hepatitis or HTLV
    • An allergy to latex or anaesthetic

Special note
If you are pregnant you may join the register but will not be made active until your baby is one year old