Age: You must be 17 years old, or 16 years old with a parental consent form
(Download the parental consent form in Spanish).
Weight: at least 110 pounds.
Health: You must be in good health and feeling well on the day of donation. Prospective donors should eat a full meal within four hours of donating, avoiding fried, fatty foods and whole dairy products.
I.D. required to donate: Photo ID required. Contact the blood center for religious exceptions.
Allergy shots: Acceptable
Antibiotics: Complexion and prevention of urinary tract infection (women only) – acceptable, other – 48 hours after final dose, if the reason for taking the antibiotics has been eliminated. If antibiotics were received by injection, you must wait 2 weeks before donating.
Autologous (Self-donation): eligible one year after surgery.
Blood donation: Whole blood: 56 days (8 weeks) since last donation. Automated, double red cells: 112 days.
Blood transfusion: one year after receiving blood or blood products.
Cancer: One year after treatment completed with no recurrence. Leukemia and Lymphomas cannot be accepted. Carcinoma in situ of cervix is acceptable. Skin cancer is usually acceptable if basal or squamous cell. Melanoma –one year after completion of treatment and no recurrence.
Colds: Accept if no fever, sore throat, cough associated with a cold, headache, fatigue and not on antibiotics. Over the counter cold remedies are acceptable in the absence of the above symptoms.
Contact with HIV/AIDS: Eligible after 12 months in most circumstances.
Dental work: Eligible 7 days after dental procedure if no infection and not receiving antibiotics. Routine teeth cleaning is acceptable.
Diabetes: Acceptable if well on day of donation.
Ears or skin pierced: Acceptable if sterile, single use equipment was used. Otherwise: 12 month deferral. Acupuncture acceptable if performed using sterile or single-use needle.
Tattoos: Acceptable if tattoo was applied in a licensed facility in a regulated state. Otherwise: 12 month deferral.
List of acceptable states
Epilepsy Medications: Acceptable if seizure-free for 3 months.
Hay Fever: Acceptable. Hay fever remedies are acceptable.
Heart Conditions: An angiogram is acceptable if results were normal. Angioplasty (balloon), stent, or heart attack are acceptable after 6 months if stable and no restrictions. Heart surgery is a 12 month deferral if stable and no restrictions.
Herpes Simplex 1: (Cold Sore) Acceptable, when outbreak is dry and crusted.
Herpes Simplex 2: (Venereal) Acceptable, when outbreak is dry and crusted.
Major surgery: Most surgeries are acceptable when healed, released from immediate doctor’s care, infection-free, no blood was transfused, and return to normal activities.
Minor surgery: Acceptable if no sign of infection. Stitches and cast are acceptable.
Medications: vitamins, hormones, birth control pills, thyroid medications, aspirin, fertility drugs, non-steroid anti-inflammatory and pain medications are all acceptable.
- Meds to treat (ART)—indefinite deferral
- PREP—12-week deferral
Pregnancy: Acceptable 6 weeks after delivery or termination of pregnancy. Breast-feeding is acceptable.
Ulcers: Acceptable if symptom-free at the time of donation. Most medications are acceptable.
Vaccinations: 21 days after hepatitis B or combination Hepatitis B and A vaccines (Heptavax, Energix, Recombivax), 4 weeks after MMR and chickenpox (herpes zoster vaccine or Varivax). Flu shots are acceptable.
If you have had the following, you cannot donate blood.
- Blood disease, such as leukemia.
- Hepatitis B or C
- HIV: positive test or risk of infection.
- Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease: If you have lived in or traveled to the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands and Isle of Man) for a cumulative time of 3 months or more between 1980 and 1996 or since 1980, if you have spent time that adds up to 5 years or more in Europe (including time spent in the UK from 1980-1996). Also if associated with a military base in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece for 6 months from 1980-1996 or a military base in Belgium, Netherlands or Germany for 6 months from 1980-1990. Also if a person with a blood relative with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
- In the past 3 years you have taken Acitretin (Soriatane or Neotig).
- In the past 6 months you have taken Dutasteride (Avodart or Jalyn).
- In the past 1 month you have taken Finasteride (Proscar or Propecia) Isotretinoin (Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, Absorica, Myorisan, Zenatane) or Misoprostol (Arthrotec).
- Ever taken Etretinate (Tegison).
Download Donor Eligibility Handout
If you are not sure of your eligibility to donate blood, contact Donor Support at (800) 747-5401 x1281.