Are you ready to donate?
To ensure the safety and reliability of the blood supply as well as the comfort and safety of the generous donors who give, Memorial Blood Centers has established guidelines governing eligibility for blood donation, incorporating regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While some restrictions may temporarily defer you from making a blood donation, we encourage you to find out more.
To verify eligibility or for detailed information about safety restrictions governing blood donations, please contact Memorial Blood Centers at 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253) prior to making an appointment. Let us help you determine your eligibility—whether you have questions about recent travel, medications you are taking, or a current medical condition.
Donating blood is safe and convenient when you are:
- In good health
- 17 years or older—16 with written parental consent (PDF)
- At least 110 pounds*
- Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons
- Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu
- *Height and weight requirements include restrictions for 16–18 year-old female donors.
- Medical-related restrictions may include: uncontrolled hypertension; recent history of cancer, leukemia, or lymphoma; as well as risk of exposure to hepatitis, HIV, or AIDS; etc.
- Tattoos and body piercings from a licensed establishment may result in a 7-day deferral.
- International travel may temporarily or permanently defer you from donating if you have:
- Traveled to areas endemic for malaria
- Lived in a malaria-endemic area
- Spent five years or more in Europe from 1980 to the present
- Spent 3 months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980–1996
- Spent 6 months or more associated with a military base in Belgium, Germany, or the Netherlands from 1980–1990
- Spent 6 months or more associated with a military base in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, or Turkey from 1980–1996
- There is a 12-month deferral period for men who have had sex with other men, starting from the date of last sexual contact.
- Do not donate blood if you have AIDS, have ever had a positive HIV test, or are at risk for HIV/AIDS.
- Infectious disease testing is performed for the safety of the blood supply. Please do not donate blood as a means of screening for any infection or condition.
Blood donation downloads
- Blood Donor Education Materials
- Medication Deferral List
- Height and Weight Requirements
- 16-Year-Old Parental Consent Form
- List of Countries in Europe and the U.K.
*Time sensitive material. In order to ensure the most up-to-date information is distributed, you will receive and be asked to read this material in person, at the time of your blood donation. The information provided here covers general guidelines established by Memorial Blood Centers and the Food and Drug Administration. Conditions and restrictions governing blood safety and blood donation may change at any time. Please contact Memorial Blood Centers at 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253) to verify eligibility prior to making an appointment.
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