The following is general donation criteria. This is not a complete list. The information below serves only as a guideline to donor eligibility. Please contact The Donor Center at Roswell Park at 716-845-8275 if you have any questions.
For All Donations
- Minimum weight: 110 pounds
- Minimum age: 17 years of age
- Must be in general good health (not experiencing any active cold or flu symptoms, headaches, cold sore or infections at time of donation)
- Must not have donated whole blood within the last 56 days.
- Attention blood and platelet donors: There is NO waiting period to donate after receiving the Pfizer, Moderna or J&J COVID-19 vaccines. Masks are still required inside the Donor Center.
*Please be sure to eat a substantial meal before your donation.
Attention Female Donors
If you plan to schedule a platelet donation and have not donated at the Donor Center since mid-July 2016 have a history of pregnancy, please contact the Donor Center before scheduling your appointment online. Recent regulatory requirements have resulted in a change to the eligibility criteria for some female platelet donors, and we would like the opportunity to speak with you over the phone before scheduling your appointment. Please call 716-845-8275.
|Condition||Length of time before you can give blood|
|Not feeling well for any reason||Until symptoms are over|
|Cold, sore throat, respiratory infection, flu||Until 3 days after symptoms are over|
|Travel to an area of the world where malaria is a problem||3 months after return|
|Heart disease||Contact us for medical eligibility at 716-845-8275|
|Body piercing||3 months after procedure unless done under sterile conditions|
|Tattoos||3 months after last tattoo|
|Blood transfusion||3 months after receiving blood|
|Diabetes||Oral and long acting agents acceptable. Donors taking short acting insulin may not donate platelets.|
|Pregnancy, abortion or miscarriage||Six weeks after end of pregnancy|
|Surgery, serious injury||When healing is complete and feeling well.|
|Syphilis, gonorrhea||3 months after treatment completed|
|Chlamydia, venereal warts (HPV), or genital herpes||Accept|
|Dental work||Routine dental procedures acceptable. Oral surgery, root canal, or tooth extraction- deferral is 72 hours from procedure. Non-routine dental procedures, please call.|
|Skin Disease, Rash or Acne||Acceptable providing the needle site area is free and clear. Certain acne medications require a waiting period after the last dose.|
|Vaccinations/Immunizations||In some cases, a deferral period may be necessary. Please discuss your recent vaccination history with your collections specialist. Flu shots do NOT have a waiting period.|
|Have had sex with someone who has hepatitis B or hepatitis C||3 months after last occurrence|
|You have had sex with anyone listed in the first three items under Permanent Reasons below||3 months after last occurrence|
|You are a man who has had sex with another man||3 months after last occurrence|
|Travel to an area of the world where “mad cow disease” was present.||
Permanent deferral if: Three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996, five years or more in Europe from 1980 to present, six months or more associated with a military base in any of the following countries:
From 1980 through 1990: Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany
From 1980 through 1996: Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece
|Type||Length of time before you can give blood|
|Localized basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma||Acceptable if completely excised and healed. See medication list.|
|Carcinoma-in-situ ( the stage where cancer cells are still within their site of origin) of the vulva, cervix or breast; papillary thyroid carcinoma||Acceptable when treatment is completed|
|Leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, melanoma and multiple myeloma||Permanent deferral|
|Cancers treated by surgery ONLY||Defer one year from date of surgery|
|Chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment||Defer five years from date of last treatment|
|Brachytherapy (radiotherapy implanted in the body)||Defer five years from removal|
|Tamoxifen and other medications used for breast cancer preventative treatment, Elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA)||Acceptable, provided the donor meets all other criteria for cancer|
Medications Deferral List
Please do not give blood if you:
- Have used illegal drugs with a needle, even once
- Have ever had a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)
- Are a man or woman who has had sex for money or drugs any time since 1977
- Are a hemophiliac
- Had viral hepatitis B or hepatitis C
- Had babesiosis or Chagas disease
- Have a blood relative who had CJD
*If you have any additional questions or concerns about donating, please contact us at 716-845-8275.
*The reasons for not being eligible to donate blood may change at any time.