BANNED BLOOD: WHY NOT EVERYONE CAN DONATE
Who can’t donate blood? Although it may vary a bit from state to state, a one-year ban may apply to those who have received tattoos or body piercing, acupuncture, an accidental needle stick or have come in contact with someone else’s blood. If you’ve traveled to an area that may put you at risk for malaria (or have had it), or been treated for syphilis or gonorrhea you must wait a year. The American Red Cross has a long criteria listing what determines whether someone is eligible or not for donating blood.
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10 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ZIKA VIRUS
By now, you’ve probably heard of the Zika virus. It’s been the talk of the medical community for a while and there always seems to be a story about it on the news. But do you actually know what Zika virus is? Or why it’s so dangerous? Here are 10 essential facts you need to know about Zika virus.