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Urgent Need for O POSITIVE Donors!

Type O+ Blood is in IMMEDIATE need for patient care in our local hospitals. Find a location to donate here.

Blood Donor Basics

Am I Eligible?

Healthy individuals 17 years or older and weighing at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. 16 year olds may donate as long as they weigh at least 130 pounds and have signed parental consent. Most people realize soon after their first donation experience that donating blood is easy and painless. Moreover, donating blood is completely safe. Eligible donors are encouraged to visit any one of TBC's donor center locations or call TBC to book a mobile blood drive.

Specific eligibility criteria is based on FDA regulations, and changes periodically. When you come in to donate, our highly-trained staff will conduct a detailed interview to determine if you are eligible. You should also have proper identification that is not expired.

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First Time Donor FAQs & Tips


General Blood Donor FAQs

 

BLOOD MYTHS: I Heard I Cannot Donate Because...

…I have diabetes.
As long as your diabetes is under control and stable (even with insulin use), you can donate!

…I have new ear or body piercings.
Only a 3 month wait after getting your ear or body piercing!

…I have a heart condition.
As long as you are not on any heart medication (other than aspirin) and there is no underlying damage, you can donate!

…I am taking medications for mitral valve prolapse.
You may donate, as long as your doctor has not put any restrictions on your activity.

…I take medication for high blood pressure.
You may donate as long as your blood pressure is controlled and stable.

…I had a stroke.
As long as it has been a year since your stroke, are not on any medications for it and you have no activity restrictions, you can donate!

…I just got a tattoo, or I have multiple tattoos.
As long as your tattoo was done at a licensed shop in the U.S.*, you can donate once the site has healed! Any others is a 3 month wait from the date of the tattoo. The number of tattoos your have does not matter.

*Exceptions: District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wyoming- tattoos applied at tattoo shops in these states are a 3 month wait

…..I was previously deferred from donating because I lived in Europe or Germany in the 1980's.
The FDA recently made changes to this policy and these deferrals no longer apply as of August 2022!

…I am on daily medications.
Common daily medications such as antidepressants or insulin do not disqualify you from giving blood. Click here to view our current list of medication deferrals.

…I have had cancer.
You can donate blood after having certain soft tissue malignancies (kidney, breast, colon, etc) once it has been 1 year since your last treatment and you are cancer-free. You cannot donate, however, if you have a history of any blood or bone marrow malignancy (Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, etc.).

For questions about your specific eligibility based on your medical history, please contact our Medical Director's office or Medical Legal Department by calling (800) 86-BLOOD [Ext. 1545] during regular business hours [Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM, may be closed on certain holidays] Or email: info@TheBloodCenter.org --Email inquiries are answered during business hours.