To ensure the safety of both patients and donors, these are some of the temporary or permanent reasons you may not be able to donate blood. If you were deferred in the past, you may be eligible to donate now.

Even if you can’t donate, you can still make a difference. Support Us as a volunteer or through a financial donation to support our lifesaving mission.

Temporary Reasons People Can’t Donate

    Not feeling well for any reason.

    • Length of time before you can donate blood: Until symptoms are over. Default deferral period is one day

    Cold, sore throat, respiratory infection, flu

    • Length of time before you can donate blood: Until 3 days after symptoms are over.

    Covid-19

    • Symptom-free for 14 days following recovery from COVID-19, a positive diagnostic test, or experienced symptoms


      Blood Transfusion

      • Length of time before you can give blood: 3 months after receiving blood.

      Cancer

      • Call us regarding medical eligibility at 844.213.5219.

      Diabetes

      • Call us regarding medical eligibility at 844.213.5219.

      Heart Disease

      • Call us regarding medical eligibility at 844.213.5219.

      Surgery, serious injury

      • Length of time before you can give blood: When healing is complete, and you are completely healed.

      Some medical conditions or medications can also impact your donation eligibility.

      Antibiotics (except antibiotics for acne) if taken for infection, accept 1 day after last dose provided donor meets all other criteria.1 day after last dose
      Accutane, Absorica, Proscar and Propecia1 month after taking last dose
      Avodart, Jalyn6 months after taking last dose
      Effient* 3 days after taking
      Coumadin, Brilinta*7 days after taking
      Plavix*, Ticlid*14 days after taking
      Soriatane3 years after taking last dose

      See full list of medications that may affect your eligibility as a blood donor.

      * These anti-platelet agents affect platelet function so people taking these drugs should not donate platelets for the indicated time; however, you may make a whole blood donation.  Anyone taking Coumadin must wait 7 days after their last dose in order to be eligible for any type of donation.

      Length of time before you can give blood: 6 weeks after end of pregnancy.

      Have had sex with someone who has hepatitis B or symptomatic hepatitis C

      • Length of time before you can give blood: 3 months after last contact.

      Syphilis, gonorrhea

      • Length of time before you can give blood: 3 months after treatment completed.

      You have had sex with new and/or multiple partners AND have had sex in the past 3 months.

      • Length of time before you can give blood: 3 months from last occurrence of anal sex or 3 months from current date if answer is unknown.

      To learn more about the recent updates to the FDA’s guidance on establishing a blood donor screening process based on Individual Donor Assessment, not sexual or gender identity, visit mbc.org/ida.

      Taken money or drugs in exchange for sex

      • Length of time before you can give blood: 3 months after the last occurrence.

      You have had sex with anyone who:

      • Has ever used needs to inject illegal drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by a doctor
      • Has ever taken money or drugs in exchange for sex

      Length of time before you can give blood: 3 months after last contact.

      Ear, nose or skin piercing

      Length of time before you can give blood 3 months after procedure unless done under sterile conditions.

      Tattoos

      You can usually donate immediately after receiving a tattoo in licensed parlors in most American states, however a 3-month deferral will apply if tattoo is received in: Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming, as well as the District of Columbia, US Territories, and any other country.

      Travel outside the United States

      • If you have traveled outside the United States, you may be deferred depending on the country and the length of time spent there. Call us regarding at 844.213.5219 for more information and to determine if you are eligible.
      • The deferral for potential exposure to Mad Cow Disease (vCJD) has been lifted. Those who spent time in the UK, France or Ireland are now eligible to donate given that all other donation criteria is met. View our press release.

      Travel to a malaria endemic area

      Length of time before you can give blood: 3 months after return.

      Length of time before you can give blood: 3 months after last occurrence.

      Permanent Reasons People Can’t Donate

      Please do not give blood if you:

      • Have ever had a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)
      • Are a hemophiliac
      • Had viral hepatitis B or hepatitis C
      • Had certain forms of cancer. Call our donor eligibility team at 844.213.5219 regarding eligibility.

      Of Special Note

      • If you are on medications other than those noted above, you may still be eligible to donate blood. Call our donor eligibility team at 844.213.5219 to find out.
      • The reasons for not being eligible to donate blood may change at any time.

      If you have any additional questions or concerns about donating blood, please call our donor eligibility team at 844.213.5219.

      URGENT REQUEST: Please do not give blood just to find out your HIV (AIDS virus) test results. If you need information on where to go for confidential HIV testing, please call your local health department.