What symptoms of HIV/AIDs prevent me from donating blood?

You should not give blood if you have any of the following conditions that can be signs or symptoms of HIV/AIDS:
 - unexplained weight loss (10 pounds or more in less than 2 months)
- night sweats
- blue or purple spots in your mouth or skin
- white spots or unusual sores in your mouth
- lumps in your neck, armpits, or groin, lasting longer than one month
- diarrhea that won’t go away
- cough that won’t go away and shortness of breath, or
- fever higher than 100.5 F lasting more than 10 days
Guidelines on eligibility to give blood change from time to time. The most up-to-date eligibility information can be obtained by contacting the American Red Cross blood center nearest you.

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