The Question of Donating Blood
There has been
much ethical debate concerning people with CIND conditions donating blood.
CFS falls under the CDC's Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National
Center for Infectious Diseases, yet there is not sufficient solid, published,
accepted evidence for CDC or the blood banks to ban PWCINDs from donating blood.
William C. Reeves, MD, CDC – ". . . since ongoing research indicates an infectious agent may be involved in some cases of CFS it would seem prudent to refrain from donating blood until this issue is resolved."
Sutherford, MD, Chief, Infectious Disease Branch, State of California Dept. of
Health Services – "On purely clinical grounds, I would discourage
individuals who are not in good health [people with any CIND illness],
including those with CFS, from donating blood . . . I think that it is best to
await further research findings before resuming blood donation."