There has never been a policy of racial profiling in the Western Cape. We collect and distribute blood/blood products without discrimination. As long as people conform to donation criteria, we will accept them as donors.
It is the time from which a person is infected with HIV (or other viruses) until the time when the virus can be detected in blood tests. The danger is that although a person tests “negative” during this period, the virus is still in their blood and can theoretically be passed on to a patient through their blood donation. Due to the new technology we’re using (NAT testing), which tests for the DNA of the virus, the window period has been reduced to 5 – 11 days.
The waiting period between whole blood donations is 56 days, which means that you can give blood every two months. Women of childbearing age should not donate more than four times per year. Platelet donors can donate up to once a month.