Well, I can't give blood for a year now that I went cave tubing in Belize. Can you believe that? I have not had any trouble with any other port -- but if you go in the rural areas of Belize, you can't give for a year (we went cave tubing last month). Oh well...won't stop me from cruising!!
I mentioned that we were going on a cruise in December when I was donating platlets a few weeks back and they told me that I would deferred for one year even if I stayed on the ship while in port. They said it was silly for tourists but Belize is in a Malaria zone. O well I guess the Blood Institute will have to wait a year for my help. You would think that they could have some type of screening for malaria. Not going to stop me cruising either! Gotta Cruise!!! It's in my blood! lol You would think they could see that when they screen my blood.
I am in my 11th month of not being able to give blood (my company brings the blood bus to us once a month) due to my cruising to Belize last August. My brother can't give blood at all because he has been to Africa on Missions trips about twice a year for the last 6 years and he keeps going back.
I was also in Belize last August and found out that I cannot donate for one year either. However, I had planned to go get a tattoo after donating (which they turned me down for) but THEN I was told that the Red Cross has changed their policy on tattoos...used to be you could not donate one year after getting a tattoo (which made no sense to me...the place I always go to is VERY clean!), now they WILL take you after getting a tattoo if it is at a licensed facility......SO I went and got my Tinkerbell tattoo and will be back in August after my one year after being in Belize....
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I don't understand. I have been very honest about where I have been including Belize, CR, Panama, Yucatan, and even Labadee which is in the country of Haiti and they have gone and checked and have figured out that I can still donate. I think that I was allowed because of the time that we were in these countries was very limited. You donation place needs to read carefully the regs and I think they will find you are exempted as you were there on a cruise.
They told me if I had done a city tour, it would be ok to donate, but since I was in the rainforest/cave tubing -- more chance of being bitten by mosquitos. Oh well....their loss because I will not stop cruising. They will one day come up with a certain test, etc I am sure. I was a regular faithful donator! Sighhhhhhhh
OK, now you guys have me wondering if I need to worry about getting malaria when I go to Belize. Am I supposed to get vaccinated or something? Since this is the first post I've read about it I'm thinking the chances of contacting it are pretty remote....am I right?? (Please say "YES!")
The screening process can be so intimidating....I hate the question "have you ever exchanged sex for money or drugs?"....to which I reply "heck yes! I am married for crying out loud and if I don't give her my paycheck..........." <VBG>
The chances of contracting Malaria is exceptionally remote and no they do not recommend vaccinations for those that travel there on cruise ships. I agree that if you are going there on some kind of expedition to unearth ancient Mayan Ruins of search for a cure of cancer etc then yeah, probably then. If it make you feel better than go ahead with it and nobody will or should say anything against you for it but I personally do not think it is necessary or worth it.
Naw...stop worrying. If it were any danger, they would make you take malaria pills/shots, etc. or they would just not go to that port! My sister just left today for Brazil and she had to have ALL kinds of shots, pills, etc. Its just "one of those recommended practices of the UBS I guess. Go have fun! Sure not gonna stop me! They just won't get my blood -- and let me tell you, I have some awesome blood!
I hate the question..."Have you had sex with a man who has had sex with another man" My reply...Better Not Have. I would kill my husband!!! And yes haven't we all had sex for money, if you are married ;0 . lol