2 years ago I attempted to donate. There were so many questions that were asked of me (and all donors). Most questions made sense or were explained by the technician. However, the questions about temporary residence in UK and parts of Europe were never answered for me.
Does anyone know WHY the US Blood Banks do not accept the blood of anyone who lived in the UK for more than 3 months between 1980 and now? Similarly, why is having lived in any of roughly 30 european countries since 1980 or 1990 equal cause for rejection??
I'm curious to know the answer.
PS: Details of donation experience are detailed here: http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/experiences/162439/1/First-Time-Blood-Donor