Should people with multiple sclerosis be allowed to donate blood? Please have your say!

National Blood Donor Month
National Blood Donor Month

Should people with multiple sclerosis be allowed to donate blood?

A couple of days ago I blogged about National Blood Donor Month.

It invites people to become blood donors and at the same time raise awareness of the need for blood donors. All pretty straightforward you might think.

Well not quite. On one multiple sclerosis Twitter feed started a very interesting discussion which I would be valuable to share with the multiple sclerosis community.

To which the response was

@srzjwalters @MS_getinformed @RedCrossAU It’s a precautionary measure – cause of MS is unknown. I think it’s wise.

— Nicky Alsemgeest (@nickya73) January 1, 2016

The view taken by the Australian Red Cross seems to be

Okay so what are your views on the subject? Should people with multiple sclerosis be allowed to donate blood?

Please do take part in our poll below. It would be great if you could give more details (or tell us about the situation in your country) using the comments box below.

Thanks very much in advance!

Celebrate National Blood Donor Month January 2016 – why not become a donor?

Why not make donating blood one of your New Year’s resolutions?

National Blood Donor Month
National Blood Donor Month

January is, as you may know, National Blood Donor Month. So we thought we would kick start 2016 but asking our readers to start giving blood if they do not already do so.

If you are based in the USA check out the Red Cross site here to book an appointment!

In the UK please go to the NHS Blood Donor site which you can find located here.

If you live in Canada please go here for more information. And in India this is a useful resource.

Those you you who live in Australia please see this site. Which is also run by the Red Cross.



For New Zealanders this site is a good port of call for blood donations.

I’ve only covered a few of the major English speaking sites here. If you would like to suggest others that would be brilliant. Please use the comments section below to add any links.

Many thanks in advance and can we wish you a happy and healthy 2016.