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Are You Eligible to Donate

General Community Donor Eligibility Guidelines

To ensure the safety of blood donation for both donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors must be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood.

Age

Donors must be 16 years of age or older. State law requires written consent by a parent or guardian for 16-year-olds to donate blood.  16-Year-Old Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Persons 17 years of age or older (or certain emancipated minors) may donate without consent of a parent or guardian (unless required by their high school).

There is no upper age limit for blood donors.

Babesiosis

Anyone who has been diagnosed with Babesiosis is not eligible to donate blood.

Cancer

Donors with the following types of cancer may donate: Squamous or Basal Cell Carcinoma of the skin.

Donors with Melanoma may be eligible to donate after evaluation by our Medical Director.

Donors with Blood Cancer (leukemia or lymphoma) are not eligible to donate.

Donors with other forms of cancer are eligible to donate one (1) year after recovery.

Chagas Disease

Any individual who has tested positive for Chagas Disease is not eligible to donate blood.

Diabetes

Donors with diabetes controlled with oral medication are eligible to donate.

Potential donors who have taken bovine insulin are not eligible to donate.

Electrolysis or Acupuncture

Donors receiving electrolysis or acupuncture treatment are eligible to donate.

Hepatitis

Donors who have lived with or had sexual contact with a person with Hepatitis , may not donate.

Heart Disease

Persons with heart or lung disease who have symptoms or activity restrictions should not donate. However, you may be eligible to donate if you have recovered from cardiac, pulmonary (lung) or vascular surgery and have no physical restrictions, medical clearance from your physician may be required.

HIV/AIDS

Any individual who has HIV/AIDS, has tested positive for HIV/AIDS, or has come into sexual contact with someone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, is not eligible to donate blood.

Illegal Drug Use

Anyone who has used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything NOT prescribed by a doctor, even once, is not eligible to donate.

Lyme Disease

Individuals diagnosed with Lyme Disease are eligible to donate if no longer under a doctor’s care.

Medications (Antibiotics)

Donors are eligible to donate the day after the last dose, if recovered from the condition for which it was prescribed.

Antibiotics for skin condition: Donors are eligible to donate.

Click here for a listing of medications that prevent you from donating.

Physical Illness

Donors with symptoms of cold or flu, stomach virus, fever and/or sore throat are not eligible to donate blood until they are without symptoms.

Piercing (Ear or Body)

Donors receiving an ear or body piercing within the last 356 days are eligible if the facility is on the approved list. If facility is not on the approved list donor are not eligible for 356 days.

Previous Donations

Whole Blood – Individuals can donate whole blood every 56 days up to six (6) times per year.

Platelets – Individuals can donate platelets every 8 days up to twenty-four (24) times per year.

Plasma – Individuals can donate plasma every 28 days.

Automated Red Cell – Individuals can donate automated red cells every 112 days.

Recent Pregnancy

Donors are eligible if six (6) or more weeks have elapsed since delivery (vaginal or C-section), they are no longer under a doctor’s care, and if a blood transfusion was not necessary. 

Recent Surgery

Donors are eligible if they have completely recovered and are no longer under a doctor’s care for the condition, and a blood transfusion was not necessary. Individual assessment by a screener is required.

Sexual History

Anyone who has taken drugs or money for sex even once is not eligible to donate.  The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) also requires that blood centers defer male donors who have had sexual contact with another man within the past 12 months.

Sexually Transmitted Disease

Donors who have a sexually-transmitted disease, such as syphilis or gonorrhea, are deferred for one (1) year after completion of treatment. Donors with chlamydia are eligible if they are no longer under a doctor’s care.

Smallpox

If you have had a Smallpox vaccination, you may not donate for 56 days following the vaccination date. In addition, you may not donate for 56 days if you have been exposed to someone who has had the vaccination.

Tattoo

Donors who have a tattoo are deferred for one (1) year from the date of the procedure with the exception donors who received a tattoo at a medical facility.

Transfusion

Donors are eligible if one (1) year or more has elapsed since the transfusion.

Donors are eligible if less than one (1) year if your own blood was used for your own transfusion

Travel

Travel outside the country requires individual evaluation for possible exposure to infectious diseases such as Mad Cow Disease (vCJD), Malaria and/or HIV/AIDS.

Click here for more detailed information on temporary and/or indefinite deferrals as a result of travel outside the United States.

Click here for more detailed information on possible deferral as a result of traveling to a ZIKA endemic region (domestic or foreign).

Weight

Donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.