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Going mad that I can’t give a blood donation

I would be more than happy to make a blood donation, regardless of the current level of the blood supply in Ireland.

The problem is that I was living in London in the late 1980s and so I could have mad cow disease (or human equivalent ) in my blood.

That’s the story anyway.

Given that the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) will sometime soon start accepting blood from a group of previously banned would-be donors, ie gay men, can somebody state using a research backing that accepting blood from somebody who lived in London a quarter of a century ago is more dangerous?

At least can somebody put a rational time limit in place : “After date X nobody in Britain has caught variations of mad cow disease from a blood transfusion, therefore after Y date we can accept donations from former residents of Britain?”

And in case it will help, I will of course accept any special tests on my blood before donation.

Frank Desmond

Evergreen Road

Cork City


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