Eligibility

General Health Considerations

  1. Allergy, Stuffy Nose, Itchy Eyes, Dry Cough
  2. Acceptable as long as you feel well, have no fever, and have no problems breathing through your mouth.

  3. Cold, Flu
  4. Wait if you have a fever or a productive cough (bringing up phlegm)

    Wait if you do not feel well on the day of donation.

    Wait until you have completed antibiotic treatment for sinus, throat or lung infection.

  5. Donation Intervals
  6. Wait at least 8 weeks between whole blood (standard) donations.

    Wait at least 7 days between platelet (pheresis) donations.

    Wait at least 16 weeks between Power Red (automated) donations.

  7. Weight/Height
  8. You must weigh at least 110 lbs to be eligible for blood donation for your own safety. Students who donate at high school drives and donors 18 years of age or younger must also meet additional height and weight requirements for whole blood donation (applies to girls shorter than 5'6" and boys shorter than 5').

    Blood volume is determined by body weight and height. Individuals with low blood volumes may not tolerate the removal of the required volume of blood given with whole blood donation. There is no upper weight limit as long as your weight is not higher than the weight limit of the donor bed/lounge you are using. You can discuss any upper weight limitations of beds and lounges with your local health historian.

Medical Conditions that Affect Eligibility

  1. Allergies
  2. Acceptable as long as you feel well, have no fever, and have no problems breathing through your mouth.

  3. Asthma
  4. Acceptable as long as you do not have any limitations on daily activities and are not having difficulty breathing at the time of donation and you otherwise feel well. Medications for asthma do not disqualify you from donating.

  5. Bleeding Condition
  6. If you have a history of bleeding problems, you will be asked additional questions. If your blood does not clot normally, you should not donate since you may have excessive bleeding where the needle was placed. For the same reason, you should not donate if you are taking any "blood thinner" such as:

    1. Atrixa (fondaparinux)
    2. Coumadin (warfarin)
    3. Eliquis (apixaban)
    4. Fragmin (dalteparin)
    5. Heparin
    6. Jantoven (warfarin)
    7. Lovenox (enoxaparin)
    8. Pradaxa (dabigatran)
    9. Savaysa (edoxaban)
    10. Warfilone (warfarin)
    11. Xarelto (rivaroxaban)

    If you are on aspirin, it is OK to donate whole blood. However, you must be off of aspirin for at least 2 days (3 days if you donate in New York state) in order to donate platelets by apheresis. Donors with clotting disorder from Factor V who are not on anticoagulants are eligible to donate; however, all others must be evaluated by the health historian at the collection center.

  7. Blood Pressure (High or Low)
    1. High Blood Pressure
    2. Acceptable as long as your blood pressure is below 180 systolic (first number) and below 100 diastolic (second number) at the time of donation. Medications for high blood pressure do not disqualify you from donating.

    3. Low Blood Pressure
    4. Acceptable as long as you feel well when you come to donate, and your blood pressure is at least 90/50 (systolic/diastolic).

  8. Cancer
  9. Eligibility depends on the type of cancer and treatment history. If you had leukemia or lymphoma, including Hodgkin’s Disease and other cancers of the blood, you are not eligible to donate. Other types of cancer are acceptable if the cancer has been treated successfully and it has been more than 12 months since treatment was completed and there has been no cancer recurrence in this time. Lower risk in-situ cancers including squamous or basal cell cancers of the skin that have been completely removed do not require a 12 month waiting period.

    Precancerous conditions of the uterine cervix do not disqualify you from donation if the abnormality has been treated successfully. You should discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation.

  10. Chronic Illnesses
  11. Most chronic illnesses are acceptable as long as you feel well, the condition is under control, and you meet all other eligibility requirements.

  12. Diabetes
  13. Diabetics who are well controlled on insulin or oral medications are eligible to donate.

  14. Heart Disease
  15. In general , acceptable as long as you have been medically evaluated and treated, have no current (within the last 6 months) heart related symptoms such as chest pain and have no limitations or restrictions on your normal daily activities.

    Wait at least 6 months following an episode of angina.

    Wait at least 6 months following a heart attack.

    Wait at least 6 months after bypass surgery or angioplasty.

    Wait at least 6 months after a change in your heart condition that resulted in a change to your medications

    If you have a pacemaker, you may donate as long as your pulse is between 50 and 100 beats per minute and you meet the other heart disease criteria. You should discuss your particular situation with your personal healthcare provider and the health historian at the time of donation.

  16. Heart Murmur, Heart Valve Disorder
  17. Acceptable if you have a heart murmur as long as you have been medically evaluated and treated and have not had symptoms in the last 6 months, and have no restrictions on your normal daily activities.

  18. Hemochromatosis (Hereditary)
  19. India does not accept individuals with hemochromatosis as blood donors.

  20. Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Blood Count
  21. In order to donate blood, a woman must have a hemoglobin level of at least 12.5 g/dL, and a man must have a hemoglobin level of at least 13.0 g/dL. For all donors, the hemoglobin level can be no greater than 20 g/dL.

    Separate requirements for hemoglobin level apply for Power Red.

  22. Hepatitis, Jaundice
  23. If you have signs or symptoms of hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) caused by a virus, or unexplained jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin), you are not eligible to donate blood. If you ever tested positive for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, at any age, you are not eligible to donate, even if you were never sick or jaundiced from the infection.

  24. Hepatitis Exposure
  25. If you live with or have had sexual contact with a person who has hepatitis, you must wait 12 months after the last contact.

    Persons who have been detained or incarcerated in a facility (juvenile detention, lockup, jail, or prison) for more than 72 consecutive hours (3 days) are deferred for 12 months from the date of last occurrence. This includes work release programs and weekend incarceration. These persons are at higher risk for exposure to infectious diseases.

    Wait 12 months after receiving a blood transfusion (unless it was your own "autologous" blood), non-sterile needle stick or exposure to someone else's blood.

  26. HIV, AIDS
  27. You should not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV.

  28. Infections
  29. If you have a fever or an active infection, wait until the infection has resolved completely before donating blood.

    Wait until finished taking antibiotics for an infection (bacterial or viral). Wait 10 days after the last antibiotic injection for an infection.

    Those who have had infections with Chagas Disease, Babesiosis or Leishmaniasis are not eligible to donate.

  30. Malaria
  31. Malaria is transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes found in certain countries and may be transmitted to patients through blood transfusion. Blood donations are not tested for malaria because there is no sensitive blood test available for malaria.

    If you have traveled or lived in a malaria-risk country, we may require a waiting period before you can donate blood.

    1. Wait 3 years after completing treatment for malaria.
    2. Wait 12 months after returning from a trip to an area where malaria is found.
    3. Wait 3 years after living more than 5 years in a country or countries where malaria is found. An additional waiting period of 3 years may be required if you have traveled to an are where malaria is found if you have not lived a consecutive 3 years in a country or countries where malaria is not found.
  32. Sickle Cell
  33. Acceptable if you have sickle cell trait. Those with sickle cell disease are not eligible to donate.

  34. Skin Disease, Rash, Acne
  35. Acceptable as long as the skin over the vein to be used to collect blood is not affected. If the skin disease has become infected, wait until the infection has cleared before donating. Taking antibiotics to control acne does not disqualify you from donating.

  36. Tuberculosis
  37. If you have active tuberculosis or are being treated for active tuberculosis you should not donate. Acceptable if you have a positive skin test or blood test, but no active tuberculosis and are NOT taking antibiotics. If you are receiving antibiotics for a positive TB skin test or blood test only or if you are being treated for a tuberculosis infection, wait until treatment is successfully completed before donating.

Medical Treatments that Affect Eligibility

  1. Acupuncture
  2. Donors who have undergone acupuncture treatments are acceptable.

  3. Blood Transfusion
  4. Wait for 12 months after receiving a blood transfusion from another person.

  5. Dental Procedures and Oral Surgery
  6. Acceptable after dental procedures as long as there is no infection present. Wait until finishing antibiotics for a dental infection. Wait for 3 days after having oral surgery.

  7. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  8. Women on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms and prevention of osteoporosis are eligible to donate.

  9. Organ/Tissue Transplants
  10. Wait 12 months after receiving any type of organ transplant from another person. If you ever received a dura mater (brain covering) transplant, you are not eligible to donate. This requirement is related to concerns about the brain disease, Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease (CJD).

    If you ever received a transplant of animal organs or of living animal tissue - you are not eligible to donate blood. Non-living animal tissues such as bone, tendon, or heart valves are acceptable.

  11. Surgery
  12. It is not necessarily surgery but the underlying condition that precipitated the surgery that requires evaluation before donation. Evaluation is on a case by case basis. You should discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation.

Lifestyle and Life Events

  1. Age
  2. You must be at least 18 years old to donate to the general blood supply, or 16 years old with parental/guardian consent, if allowed by state law. There is no upper age limit for blood donation as long as you are well with no restrictions or limitations to your activities.

  3. Intravenous Drug Use
  4. Those who have ever used IV drugs that were not prescribed by a physician are not eligible to donate. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis and HIV.

  5. Piercing (ears, body), Electrolysis
  6. Acceptable as long as the instruments used were single-use equipment. Wait 12 months if a piercing was performed using a reusable gun or any reusable instrument.

    Wait 12 months if there is any question whether or not the instruments used were single-use equipment. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis

  7. Pregnancy, Nursing
  8. Persons who are pregnant are not eligible to donate. Wait 6 weeks after giving birth.

  9. Tattoo
  10. Wait 12 months after a tattoo if the tattoo was applied in a state that does not regulate tattoo facilities. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis

    A tattoo is acceptable if the tattoo was applied by using sterile needles and ink that is not reused. Cosmetic tattoos applied in a licensed establishment in a regulated state using sterile needles and ink that is not reused is acceptable. You should discuss your particular situation with the health historian at the time of donation.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Wait 12 months after treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea.

Acceptable if it has been more than 12 months since you completed treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea.

Chlamydia, venereal warts (human papilloma virus), or genital herpes are not a cause for deferral if you are feeling healthy and well and meet all other eligibility requirements.

  1. Syphilis/Gonorrhea
  2. Wait 12 months after treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea.

  3. HIV, AIDS
  4. You should not give blood if you have AIDS or have ever had a positive HIV test, or if you have done something that puts you at risk for becoming infected with HIV.

  5. Venereal Diseases
  6. Chlamydia, venereal warts (human papilloma virus), or genital herpes are not a cause for deferral if you are feeling healthy and well and meet all other eligibility requirements.