The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has increased the potential risk of Ebola virus transmission via donated blood and blood components, cells, tissues and organs.

This includes sperm and eggs. Transmission of the Ebola virus from male to female following exposure to infected semen of a survivor has been reported in one event and has been suspected in several others.

In November 2014 we informed you that the Department of Health’s Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) recommended that potential gamete donors should defer from donating for two months after leaving an area affected by Ebola.

This guidance has been updated by the Joint UK Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee (JPAC) and endorsed by SaBTO and now recommends that potential gamete donors should defer from donating for six months after leaving an area affected by Ebola.

Information taken from the HFEA
For more information on the current situation regarding ebola outbreaks: WHO Ebola situation report