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 three months after surgery.
Blood donation: Whole blood: 56 days (8 weeks) since last donation. Automated, double red cells: 112 days.
Blood transfusion: three months 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 3 months in most circumstances.
COVID-19: You are ELIGIBLE to donate 10 days after recovery (no symptoms) from COVID-19 or if exposure to COVID-19 occurred more than 10 days ago and you have had no symptoms since the exposure. Donors vaccinated or not and exposed to someone with a positive test result BUT protected by personal protective equipment (well fitted medical grade or cloth mask) and have no symptoms may donate. Click here for more information regarding COVID-19 and eligibility. See COVID-19 vaccinations.
Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease: As of July 2022 the FDA has released revised deferral criteria for Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (aka Mad Cow Disease). Donors who were previously deferred due to risk of exposure to CJD / Mad Cow Disease have been reinstated as potential donors. Please review updated deferral here and call Donor Services Auditing at 800-747-5401 to see if your eligibility has changed.
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 single use equipment was used. Otherwise: 3 month deferral. Acupuncture acceptable if performed using sterile or single-use needle.
Flu Vaccination: See vaccinations.
Tattoos: Acceptable if tattoo was applied in a licensed facility in a regulated state. Otherwise: 3 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.
LGBTQIA+: See frequently asked questions at bottom of this page as well as Supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.
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 HIV/AIDS (ART)—indefinite deferral
- PREP to prevent HIV/AIDS infection—3-month deferral
Monkeypox: click here for information
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. COVID-19 Vaccination: Donors who have received the COVID-19 vaccination and/or booster are eligible to donate ALL blood products with no deferral period.
If you have had the following, you cannot donate blood.
- Blood disease, such as leukemia
- Positive test for Hepatitis B or C
- HIV: positive test or recent risk of infection
- 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).
Donor Eligibility Handout Donor Eligibility Handout (Spanish)
frequently asked questions
Scroll down to review frequently asked LGBTQIA+ eligibility questions. If you are not sure of your eligibility to donate blood, please fill out our deferral/eligibility inquiry form and our Donor/Patient Services team will follow-up with you.