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Am I eligible to donate blood?

UPDATE: On April 2, 2020 the FDA issued a new guidance on deferral criteria for a number of areas, including a revised deferral period for men who have sex with men (MSM); Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, tattoos/piercings, travel, and others. We applaud the FDA’s decision an important step toward creating an equal opportunity to save lives. Bloodworks is working quickly to assess our timeline to implement these changes so more donors have the opportunity to give blood to support local patients. Read announcement.

Who can donate?

  • Anyone who is in good health, at least 18 years old, and weighs at least 110 pounds may donate whole blood every 56 days.
  • Washington: 16 or 17 year olds donating in Washington must have a Bloodworks Northwest permission form signed by a parent or guardian to donate.
  • Oregon: 16 or 17 year olds donating in Oregon do not require a Bloodworks permission form, unless requested by the donor group(s).
  • First-time 16 or 17 year old donors who weigh at least 114 pounds may donate at Bloodworks NW donor center.
  • First-time 16 or 17 year old male donors who weigh at least 114 pounds may donate at a mobile blood drive.
  • First-time 16 or 17 year old female donors who weigh at least 125 pounds may donate at a mobile blood drive.
  • Mobile blood drive weight requirements for 16 or 17 year olds are to improve our young first-time donors’ experience, and minimize chances of vasovagal reaction.

Questions regarding blood or apheresis donations, call: 800-398-7888.

Questions About Eligibility

Some health conditions or medications may temporarily or permanently prevent persons from donating blood.

If you have a question regarding your eligibility to donate blood and would like to discuss it with someone:

Medical Conditions

HIV/AIDS, individuals at high risk and their partners cannot donate
Cold and Flu: You should not donate today if you are currently experiencing symptoms of a “cold” or “flu” cannot donate today
Diabetes, on or off medication and under control can donate
Non-viral Hepatitis, previous Hepatitis A can donate
Viral Hepatitis B, C, D cannot donate
Pregnancy cannot donate
Pregnancy, after delivery, miscarriage, abortion six-week wait
Menstruation can donate
Cancer, treatment complete and disease-free; most types* one year wait
Low blood count Read more
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosed by a physician cannot donate

*Note: People with, or who have had, cancer, should contact the Clinical Specialist at 206-292-2543 to determine eligibility.

Medical Procedures

Surgery, without transfusion or certain all transfusions were Autologous can donate
Surgery, with transfusion 3-month wait
Transfusion 3-month wait

Medications

Antibiotics (used for Acne is acceptable), Injectable, Oral can donate if not currently(same day as donation) taking and infection free
Antiretroviral Medication, Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) or any medication used to treat HIV/AIDS cannot donate
Allergy medications, diuretics, diet pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, Tylenol can donate
Aspirin can donate blood, but not platelets
Blood Pressure Medication (most types) can donate
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and/or Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) or any medication used to prevent HIV/AIDS infection. three-month wait

Vaccinations

Measles (rubella) and MMR one-month wait
Flu can donate
Hepatitis B two-week wait

Other Possible Restrictions

Ear/Body Piercing, sterile procedure and single use equipment used can donate
Ear/Body Piercing, non-sterile procedure or non-single use equipment used three-month wait
Tattooing, in a state licensed facility in the U.S., excluding facilities in District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming can donate
Tattooing, non-state licensed facility, a facility outside U.S., or tattoos performed in the following states: District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming three-month wait
Travel outside the US or Canada Read more
Donor deferral, men who have sex with men (MSM) Read more

Questions

If you have additional questions regarding eligibility:

Information about COVID-19

Information about COVID-19

Information about Emergent Diseases

Information about Emergent Diseases [PDF]

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.

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