• Requirements

    • You are between the ages of 17 and 75; 16 with parental consent
    • You are in good health
    • You weigh at least 110 pounds

     

    • You may donate platelets as often as every 28 days
    • You may donate blood as often as every 56 days 

    You may donate even if you take any of the following medications:

    • Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)
    • Allergy medication
    • Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin and Naprosyn
    • Birth control pills
    • Depression medication
    • Diet pills
    • Female hormone pills
    • Thyroid medication: if condition is stable

    You must wait a certain amount of time to donate if you take any of the following medications: 

    • Accutane: four weeks after last dose 
    • Antibiotics: seven days after infection, some for acne are OK
    • Aspirin: can donate whole blood, cannot donate platelets for 36 hours
    • Diabetic medication
      • Oral or insulin: can donate if condition is stable
      • Injected bovine (beef) insulin since 1980: cannot donate
    • Propecia: four weeks after last dose
    • Proscar: four weeks after last dose
    • Soriatane (Acitretin): three years after last dose
    • Tegison: cannot donate

    You may donate even if you have any of the following conditions:

    • Allergies (no infection) 
    • Asthma (no symptoms) 
    • Cold sore, fever blister or canker sore
    • Diabetes (if stable condition)
    • Genital herpes (after lesions clear)
    • Heart attack (one year after and no current symptoms or heart medication other than Aspirin)
    • Heart surgery (one year after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or angioplasty with no current symptoms or heart medication other than Aspirin) 
    • Hemochromatosis
    • Major/minor surgery (after healed and released from doctor’s care) 
    • Pregnancy (six weeks after delivery)
    • Stroke (one year after if no physical restrictions and no medications)
    • Chlamydia, genital warts (if treated)
    • Gonorrhea, syphilis and other venereal diseases (one year after healed) 

    You are not eligible to donate if you have any of the following conditions:

    • AIDS, or at risk for AIDS
    • Blood disorders or bleeding tendencies
    • Brain or spinal surgery that required a transplant of brain covering (dura mater)
    • Cancer (basal cell, squamous cell skin cancers and keratosis), unless removed and healed 
    • Colds, fever, flu, sore throat, cough, respiratory infection or headache 
    • Hepatitis or undiagnosed jaundice after age 10
    • Melanoma (Must wait five years and obtain pathology approval)
    • Positive hepatitis test 

    Do not donate blood if you have ever tested positive for HIV or if:

    • You have ever injected yourself with drugs not prescribed by a physician
    • You are a man and had sexual contact with another man in the past 3 months
    • You have hemophilia or blood clotting disorder and received clotting factor concentrates

    If you have recently received a vaccination, you must wait a certain amount of time before donating blood again.

    • Polio, mumps, rubeola (a type of measles) and smallpox: two weeks
    • Rubella (a type of measles): four weeks
    • Tetanus, diphtheria, flu and Hepatitis B: one day (if no reaction)

    • Body/ear piercing(s): Three month deferral unless piercing was performed with a sterile, single-use, disposable, skin-piercing needle, a piercing gun or a physician or nurse using a disposable needle and septic technique
    • Infection due to any type of dental work 
    • Hepatitis exposure: Permanent deferral if viral hepatitis at age 11 or over. Close contact i.e., living in the same house, accept if asymptomatic hepatitis C, defer for 12 months if hepatitis A or B, or symptomatic hepatitis C.
    • Tattoo(s): Three month deferral depending on tattoo state location