Donating blood in Taiwan 🩸

I guess I’m luckier than some of you. All I have to do is agree to be celibate with my partner for the next five years and I’m golden.

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Don’t worry. Brits can’t donate blood in the US.

I’m not worried. I just think it’s impolite, racist and uncouth.

But, hey, they don’t want my blood? No skin off my banana.

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本次您的捐血檢驗結果均符合捐血標準。下次 可捐血日期為110年09月06日以後。

This was my fifth donation in Taiwan.

They would not let me donate at first. Said I have to live in Taiwan for at least three years before I could do it. I have a feeling they just did not want to deal with the hassle when they saw a foreigner. :sideeye:

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You are eligible to donate even though you are European? Do you get around the mad cow disease rule?

How can you donate? You’re from Europe. Are they desperate?

" or had stayed in Europe for cumulative period of 5 years from 1980 till now?"

I donated for a long time, at home and in Taiwan. Suddenly in the early 2000’s they didn’t want my blood anymore, MAD COW!

They never told me that.

:point_down:

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Here is more info on that rule:

I’m not MAD, their loss!

I just came back from the donor station in Daan park this morning. The officer who was there said that I cannot donate blood for some foreign nationals who have not lived in Taiwan for more than three years.
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Even though in my home country, I donate regularly because it really relaxes me

is this a medical thing?

I had same experience when I came to Taiwan. After 3 years you are able to donate if you meet all the other requirements.

Did he say ‘lived’ here or ‘not left country’ in that period?

Maybe because your blood is reduced and the pressure in the blood vessels becomes looser.

I’m not sure about what she said. She seemed stammered and did not understand English. My guess is to stay in Taiwan without going abroad for at least 3 years. A rule that is slightly different from other countries.

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I always think how about Taiwanese that traveled to the UK and had beef .

I think that I mentioned in this thread (if not, elsewhere) be turned away due to “Mad Cow Disease” despite never being in the UK, not having eaten beef in…decades and being with a colleague who had studied in the UK (and was fine to donate blood because, you know).

Had stayed in the UK for a cumulative period of 3 months or more from 1980-1996

When and how long was he in UK? This rule also applies for Taiwanese.

Interesting thread on Reddit about Creutzfeldt – Jakob disease

Ok that might explain the rule