Blood Donor Qualifications

Blood Donor Qualifications

  • Age:  17 through 79 years
  • Weight:  At least 110 pounds
  • Donation Frequency:  At least 8 weeks between whole blood donations
  • Donor must be in good health

DO NOT DONATE IF YOU:

  • Have cold or flu symptoms on the day of donation or do not feel well.
  • Have taken oral antibiotics in the last three days.
  • Have had hepatitis after the age of 11 years.
  • Have hepatitis or close contact with a person who has had clinical hepatitis within the past 12 months.
  • Have a history of cancer in the past 10 years (except some skin or in situ cancers).
  • Have had a tattoo, ear or skin piercing, acupuncture, accidental needlestick or come in contact with someone else’s blood in the past 12 months.  Ear or skin piercing and acupuncture procedures performed using single use, sterile or properly heat sterilized equipment are acceptable.
  • Have received a blood transfusion in the last 12 months.
  • Have had malaria within the last three years or traveled to a malaria risk area within last 12 months.
  • Are or have been pregnant in the past six weeks.
  • Have been treated for syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 12 months.
  • Have used a needle to inject nonprescription drugs (including steroids).
  • Are at risk for HIV exposure, the virus which causes AIDS.
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