Donor Eligibility

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.

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.

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.

*Please be sure to eat a substantial meal before your donation.

Additional Criteria

Temporary Reasons


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

12 months after return

Heart disease

Contact us for medical eligibility at 716-845-8275

Body piercing

12 months after procedure unless done under sterile conditions


12 months after last tattoo

Blood transfusion

12 months after receiving blood


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

12 months after treatment completed

Chlamydia, venereal warts (HPV), or genital herpes


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.


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

12 months after last occurrence

You have had sex with anyone listed in the first three items under Permanent Reasons below

12 months after last occurrence

You are a man who has had sex with another man

12 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

Medications Deferral List (Click to Download)

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



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

*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.