There are a few requirements you have to meet before you’re allowed to donate. Before coming in, read through this list to make sure you’re good to go!
Age And Weight
You must be at least 17 years old and weight at least 110 pounds.
If you’ve traveled to a country where malaria is found in the past 12 months, you may not be eligible to donate. Before you donate a nurse will go over any traveling you’ve done outside of the US or Canada to ensure that there are no issues.
Tattoos and piercings
Acceptable as long as the instruments used were sterile or single-use equipment.
Wait 12 months if there is any question whether or not the instruments used were sterile and free of blood contamination. This requirement is related to concerns about hepatitis.
For tattoos, you must have received the tattoo in a regulated state. Currently, the only states that DO NOT regulate tattoo facilities are the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wyoming.
Almost all medications won’t disqualify you from donating. Click here to see a list of ones that will.
If you don’t feel well, have a fever or are having trouble breathing through your mouth, wait to donate until those symptoms go away.
The MSM (men who have sex with men) policy states that any man who has had sex with a man (or a woman who has sex with a man who has had sex with a man) cannot donate blood until 12 months after their last MSM encounter. This is an FDA policy that the American Red Cross must adhere to and we must enforce at our drives.
However, we wish for our drives to be as inclusive as possible. We strongly encourage anyone who is ineligible to donate due to this restriction to bring in a friend for an "ally donation" in their stead. Additionally, if you would like to participate through volunteer work, please see the Get Involved tab or fill out the contact form to get more information.
Whole Blood: 8 Weeks
Power Red: 16 Weeks
Platelet: 7 Days
If you have any further questions the Red Cross has a more extensive list here.