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I wonder if they would take me (British, lifelong vegetarian). Probably not - which makes precisely no sense.
It's not about individual cases, and they wouldn't even be prepared to consider doing so.
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OK theoretical chance of some contamination. But the chances must be astronomically low. Lower than someone Swiss who has been to the UK on holiday even.
Banning everyone from an infected country clearly reduces the risk compared with not banning them, so the simple answer is, err... simple.
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I used to, annually. But not since living in Switzerland, because of my British history.
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OK theoretical chance of some contamination. But the chances must be astronomically low. Lower than someone Swiss who has been to the UK on holiday even.
Homosexual males, or more precisely males which ever had a sexual intercourse with another male, have been banned for many, many years as well, even when it was decades ago. This has been only lifted very recently.
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Homosexual males, or more precisely males which ever had a sexual intercourse with another male, have been banned for many, many years as well, even when it was decades ago. This has been only lifted very recently.
TBF there was a very good reason for that, in the early days of understanding HIV/AIDS, when quite a number of people had contracted it through contaminated blood transfusions.

Of course, they quite soon developed screening for it that was applied to all new donors, but the ban was left in place for much longer, just to be on the safe side.
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Re: Donating blood

Saw yesterday on Tele1 a report about the low reserve at the bloodbank and I will certainly donate again this year.

If you have bloodtype 0- please seriously consider to donate since this bloodgroup isn't that common (about 8% of people here in Switzerland have this type) and this bloodgroup is compatible as a donor to all bloodgroups in emergency cases.



You can see the current bloodbarometer on this website: https://www.blutspende.ch/de/blutspende (scroll down)
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I have 0- but am not allowed to donate because a) I spent more than 6 months in the UK between 1980 and 1996 and b) take certain medications. The rules for being allowed to donate are pretty strict, which is understandable in some cases (such as mine) but some of them are a bit over the top.
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