General Requirements for Blood Donation

Basic Requirements

Age -  Should be at least 18 years old ( But in some countries it may be 17 years old ) There is no upper age limit as long as one is in good health.

Weight - At least 110 lbs or 50 Kg

Health - General good health, feel well and healthy; have no active cold or flu-like symptoms

Identification - You must provide a valid identification document

Restrictions (DO NOT donate if any of the following apply to you)

Hepatitis B & C
After the age of 10 Hepatitis A
Recreational Drugs - injected drugs not prescribed by a physician

Medical Procedures - Discuss with your doctor

Blood Transfusion (ask us about clotting factors) - 12 months
Ear / Body Piercing and Tattoo may require a wait of up to 12 months, depends on equipment used and where performed.
Heart Surgery (Angioplasty, Bypass Surgery, Stent) - 6 months and no heart symptoms
General Surgery - fully healed surgical site and complete recovery

Medical Conditions  - Discuss with your doctor

Cancer, Melanoma, treated (except blood cancers) - 1 yr (no wait if skin cancer is not melanoma)
Diabetes - no wait if medically controlled
Heart Disease (Angina, Heart Attack, MI) 6 months with no symptoms
Hepatitis Contact- depends on type and exposure
Malaria - 3 years after successful treatment
Pregnancy/Abortion/Miscarriage - 6 months after delivery, abortion, or miscarriage
Stroke 6 months

Immunizations and Vaccines (These may affect your eligibility for blood donation)

Flu/Pneumonia, Human Papilloma (HPV), Tetanus - no wait
Hepatitis A - no wait if for prevention
Hepatitis B - 4 weeks after injection if for prevention
Hepatitis A Gamma Globulin (for exposure) 12 months
Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (for exposure) - 12 months
MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) - 4 weeks Rubella (German Measles) - 4 weeks Rubeola (Measles) - 4 weeks
Varicella Zoster (chicken pox prevention) or Zostavax (Shingles) - 4 weeks

Medications (These may affect your eligibility for blood donation)
Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, Isotretinoin - 1 month
Antibiotics - last dose taken, symptom-free; no wait if for prevention or acne
Anticoagulants (Coumadin, Warfarin, Heparin, Pradaxa, etc.) - 7 days for plasma only, no wait for other types of donations.
Antiplatelet Medicines (Ticlid, Plavix, Effient, Pletal, Feldene, piroxicam etc.) - 14 days for platelets only; no wait for other types
of donations
Aspirin - platelet donors must wait 48 hours
Arava, Avodart, Jalyn, dutasteride - 6 months
Blood Pressure Medication - no wait if blood pressure meets requirements
Depression Medication - no wait
Propecia, Proscar, Finasteride 1 month

In some countries some more conditions will be added.
For some countries these conditions may be differ. 

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