Donor Eligibility

Basic Requirements

  1. Be in generally good health and feeling well
  2. Weigh at least 110 pounds
  3. Be at least 16 years of age (with parental consent) - there is no upper limit
  4. There may be additional requirements for some apheresis donations
  5. Individuals at risk for HIV/AIDS must not donate blood.

Do not donate blood if:

  1. You have ever tested positive for HIV
  2. You have ever injected yourself with drugs not prescribed by a physician
  3. You are a man and have had sex with another man since 1977, even once
  4. You have hemophilia or another blood clotting disorder and received clotting factor concentrate
  5. You have engaged in sex for drugs or money since 1977
  6. You are a past or present sexual partner of someone on this list

Medical Conditions

  1. Allergies - can donate if no infection present
  2. Arthritis - can donate if no redness, pain or swelling at the time of donation
  3. Asthma - can donate if no symptoms
  4. Blood disorders or bleeding tendencies - cannot donate
  5. Brain or spinal surgery that required a transplant of brain covering (dura mater) - cannot donate
  6. CJD: A blood relative diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) or an increased family risk of CJD   - cannot donate
  7. Basal cell, squamous cell skin cancers and keratosis   - can donate when removed and healed
  8. Melanoma - cannot donate
  9. Malignant tumors - can donate after 5 years in remission
  10. Cold, flu, sore throat, cough, respiratory infection, severe headache - cannot donate
  11. Cold sore, fever blister, canker sore - can donate
  12. Diabetes - can donate if stable
  13. Heart Attack - can donate after one year if no symptoms and no heart medication (Aspirin is okay)
  14. Heart Surgery - Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), stent or angioplasty - can donate after one year if no symptoms and no heart medication (Aspirin is okay)
  15. Hemochromatosis - cannot donate
  16. Hepatitis or undiagnosed jaundice after age 10  - cannot donate
  17. Positive hepatitis test - cannot donate
  18. Herpes (genital) - can donate after lesions clear
  19. Major/minor surgery - can donate after healed and released from MD care and reason permits
  20. Pregnancy - can donate 6 weeks after delivery
  21. SARS - 28 days after illness
  22. SARS - 14 days after direct contact with infected person
  23. SARS - 14 days after returning to the U.S. from affected areas
  24. Strokes - can donate after 6 months if no restrictions on physical activity and no medications (Aspirin is OK)

Venereal disease

  1. Genital herpes - can donate if all lesions are clear
  2. Chlamydia, genital warts - can donate
  3. Gonorrhea, syphilis and all other venereal diseases  - can donate 1 year after treatment


  1. Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) - can donate for any blood donation
  2. Accutane - can donate 4 weeks after last dose
  3. Allergy medication - can donate
  4. Antibiotics - can donate 72 hours after last dose if no symptoms of infection; no wait if taken for prevention
  5. Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin and Naprosyn, cannot take for 24 hrs before a platelet donation
  6. Aspirin-containing products, Feldene and Lodine XL - cannot take for 36 hours before a platelet donation
  7. Avodart - can donate 6 months after last dose
  8. Blood pressure medication - can donate if blood pressure is stable
  9. Depression medication - can donate
  10. Diuretics - can donate
  11. Diabetic medication - can donate if Diabetes condition is controlled
  12. Oral or insulin - can donate if condition is stable
  13. Injected bovine (beef) insulin since 1980 - cannot donate
  14. Diet pills - can donate
  15. Birth control pills - can donate
  16. Female hormone pills - can donate
  17. Soriatane (Acitretin) - can donate 3 years after last dose
  18. Tegison - cannot donate if ever taken
  19. Thyroid medication - can donate if stabilized


  1. Polio, mumps, rubeola (a type of measles), can donate after 2 weeks
  2. Rubella (a type of measles) - can donate after 4 weeks
  3. Smallpox or physical contact with another's unhealed vaccination - can donate after 2 months
  4. Tetanus, diphtheria, flu, Hepatitis B - can donate if no reaction

Travel Restrictions

  1. Travel (6 mo. or less) to an area where malaria is prevalent - can donate 1 year after leaving area
  2. Lived in (more than 6 mo.) an area where malaria is prevalent - can donate 3 years after leaving area
  3. Traveled to or lived in S. Korea, north of Seoul - can donate 3 years after leaving area
  4. England - cannot donate if spent time that adds up to 3 months or more in the U.K. from 1980-1996 (England, N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands)
  5. Europe - cannot donate if spent time that adds up to 5 years or more in European countries since 1980 (including time spent in the UK during 1980-1996)
  6. Iraq - cannot donate for 1 year after leaving the country
  7. Military - cannot donate if spent 6 mo. or more in military bases in northern Europe 1980-1990 or Southern Europe 1980-1996
  8. SARS affected area - cannot donate for 14 days after returning to the U.S.

Other Possible Restrictions

  1. Body/ear piercing - can donate if done with a sterile, single use, disposable needle or with a piercing gun, otherwise, after 1 year
  2. Dental work
  3. Cleaning, fillings, extractions, root canal, etc. - can donate if no infection or antibiotics
  4. Hepatitis exposure - needs evaluation
  5. Tattoo - can donate after 1 year

Donation Frequency

  1. Whole blood donors may donate every 56 days
  2. Platelet donors may donate every 48 hours
  3. Plasma donors may donate every 4 weeks
  4. Red cell apheresis donors may donate every 112 days

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