Who Can Donate?
Anyone who is in good health, is at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate blood every 56 days. **PICTURE ID ISSUED BY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY IS REQUIRED TO DONATE.
Questions About Eligibility
Some health conditions or medications may temporarily or permanently prevent persons from donating blood. The Food and Drug Administration regulates all blood centers and establishes the eligibility guidelines. For more information on these guidelines please refer to "Blood Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)" on the FDA's website.
AIDS-individuals at high risk and their partners - cannot donate
Colds and flu - cannot donate
Hepatitis and Jaundice after Age 11 - cannot donate
- visit to malaria area - one-year wait
- residing in/moving from malaria area - three-year wait
- after delivery, miscarriage, abortion - six-week wait
Menstruation can donate
- without transfusion - can donate
- with transfusion of blood or blood components - 1-year wait
oral - 24hrs from last dose
- injectable - seven-day wait
Allergy Medications, Diuretics, Diet Pills, Sleeping Pills, Tranquilizers, Aspirin, Tylenol - can donate
Blood Pressure Medications (Most Types) - can donate
Measles, Mumps, Rubella - one-month wait
- Flu - can donate
- Hepatitis B - two-week deferral
Ear Piercing (professionally done) - can donate
Body Piercing - can donate
- IF the piercing was performed by a sterile needle or single use tool (you should insist on this, for your protection!)
- AND the piercing site has fully healed.
Tattooing - If your tattoo was applied ON or AFTER Jan. 1, 2013, and it was applied at a medical or licensed tattoo facility in Florida, Georgia or South Carolina, and it is completely healed – you can donate. If you received a tattoo before Jan. 1, 2013, the wait is still one year.
You Cannot Get AIDS From Donating Blood
Only sterile, disposable equipment is used throughout the donation process, which makes it virtually impossible to contract a disease from donating blood.
Where to Donate?
Select the most convenient donation center for a map, driving directions and hours.