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Am I Eligible?

Basic Donation Criteria:

You must meet all of the following criteria in order to donate:

a. Be at least 17 years old. (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent*)

b. Weigh at least 110 lbs. (body weight) --*16 - 18 year olds please see weight requirement chart in the High School brochure.

c. Generally feel well and healthy

d. Have no fever, sore throat or flu-like symptoms

e. Have no active cold symptoms

f. Have not had major surgery recently (released from doctor’s care)

g. Requirements for automated red cell donors:

  • Men must be at least 5 feet 1 inch tall and weigh at least 130 pounds
  • Women must be at least 5 feet 3 inches tall and weigh at least 150 pounds 

The following criteria may affect your ability to donate and result in a temporary deferral:

a. Tattoo/Body Piercing* - These are acceptable if sterile technique was used in a biohazard controlled facility in Ohio, Kentucky or other selected states; if done in any other manner, you must wait 12 months after the procedure was performed. See, here, also.

b. Pregnancy - You cannot donate while pregnant; you may donate six

   weeks after the pregnancy has ended.

c. Allergies - You may not donate until six hours after your allergy shot.

d. Travel* - If traveling to a known malarial zone, you must wait one year after your return; if you lived in a known malarial zone more than five years, you must wait three years after immigrating to the U.S.

You may donate if you are taking the following medications:

a. Aspirin -  Platelet donors must wait 48 hours after ingestion.

b. Birth control pills

c. Blood Pressure Medication -  Provided your blood pressure is under control.

d. Antibiotics -  After course is completed and feeling well.

e. Diabetes medication - Oral medication is acceptable; insulin dependent diabetics may donate provided they have not used beef-source insulin since Jan. 1, 1980.

f. Heart Disease/Other Medications*

You may NOT donate at any time (permanent disqualification) if you have/had:

a. Tested positive for HIV

b. Participated in high-risk behaviors associated with HIV infection. At this time, this does include any sexual contact between men since 1977.(This policy is being reviewed by the FDA at the request of the blood banking community, including Hoxworth Blood Center, through representative agencies such as America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross. Until FDA decides otherwise, we currently have to continue to defer men who have had sexual contact with men since 1977)

c. Hepatitis A after the age of 11

d. Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C virus infection at any age

e. Spent time in Europe that adds up to five or more years (since 1980)

f. Other* (between 1980-1996) If you spent three months or more in the United Kingdom or were a member of the U.S. military, a civilian military employee or a dependent of a member of the U.S. military.

g. Certain forms of Cancer*

General recommendations to help with the donation process:

a. Eat a good meal and drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic fluids before and after donating

b. Bring your last three years of foreign travel history

c. You may donate again in 56 days (eight weeks), unless you donated a double red cell (112 days)

*Call Hoxworth Blood Center Donor Services for information regarding other states for Tattoo/Body Piercing or more information regarding Parental Consent, Medications, Travel, Military Service, Heart Disease, and Cancer at (513) 558-1304; toll-free at (800) 265-1515, ext. 8-1304.

Currently taking any medications? Make sure they won't interferre with your next donation by viewing our Medication Deferral list.