Requirements for Donating Blood

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Wondering if you are eligible to donate blood? Read on to find out if you are part of the population who can help save lives as a volunteer blood donor!

Age
Individuals at least 17 years old may be eligible to donate blood. If you are 16 years old, you may only donate with signed parental consent.


Weight
If you are age 19 or older, you must weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, you must weigh at least 122 pounds.

Health
You must be in good general health.

ID
You must bring a valid photo ID with you to donate blood.

Can I Donate If…?

Click on the topic that applies to you to find out if you can donate. 

If you have a question about whether or not you can donate that isn't answered here, please call (713) 790-1200 or email us. We will respond to your email within 24 hours, during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I have traveled outside the U.S.

This list is NOT a complete list of countries, just the most visited countries. If the country that you have visited is not listed, you may call (713) 791-6612 or (713) 791-6608 or email Medical Services.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials announced changes in April 2020 that affect donor eligiblitity. One of the changes is the deferral period for people who have traveled to malaria-endemic areas has been shortened from a year to three months.  Click here to see a list of malaria-affected travel locations

LocationComments
Africa

Algeria - No deferral.

Botswana - Gaborone – No deferral. All other areas – Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Kenya - Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Nigeria - Not eligible for 3 months after return.

South Africa - Large cities such as Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Middelburg, Pretoria, Kimberly Bloemfontein, Welkom, Klerksdorp, and Queenstown - Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Tanzania - Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Uganda - Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Argentina

None

Azerbaijan

None

Belize

None

Caribbean

The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) has received increasing attention in North America due to the high volume of travel to and from the Caribbean islands. Individuals who travel to this region during the two weeks before donation are asked to call The Blood Center if they develop unexplained post-donation illness with symptoms consistent with acute tropical infections, including fever, joint pain, headache and rash. Donors who have been diagnosed with CHIKV are not eligible for 28 days after recovery.

Bahamas - No deferral.

Dominican Republic - Risk in all areas (including tourist resorts of Puerto Plata and Punta Cana) except no risk in cities of Santo Domingo. Travel duration greater than 24 hours to areas other than Santo Domingo – 3 months deferral after return.  No deferral if donor did not travel outside of the cities of Santo Domingo for more than 24 hours.

Honduras - Cities of San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa for less than 24 hours - No deferral. Other areas for more than 24 hours - Not eligible for 3 months after return. 

Cruises visiting a port located in a malaria-risk area for less than 24 hours - No deferral.

China

No deferral. 

Colombia

Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellin – No deferral. All other areas – Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Costa Rica

No deferral 

Ecuador

Large cities in central highlands (Quito, Ambato, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Cayambe) and Galapagos Islands are acceptable - No deferral.

El Salvador

No deferral

Europe

Indefinite deferral if you traveled or lived in United Kingdom, Ireland and France for three months or more between 1980 and 2001

No deferral if you have traveled or lived for a total of five years or more in any other European country since 1980 to the present.

No deferral if you were associated with the military and stationed on a military base in Europe between 1980 and 1996 (except United Kingdom bases for 3 or more months between 1980-1996)

French Guiana

Cayenne City – No deferral.

All other areas – Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Guatemala

Large cities including Antigua, Guatemala City and around Lake Atitlan - No deferral.

India

Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Indonesia

Large cities of Jakarta and Ubud, and resorts of Bali, Java, Gili Islands and the Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) or less than 24 hours in rural area - No deferral.

Travel to rural areas for more than 24 hours – Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Mexico

Acapulco - No deferral.

Cabo San Lucas - No deferral.

Calica - No deferral.

Cancun - No deferral.

Chichen Itza - No deferal.

Cozumel - No deferral.

Isla Mujeres - No deferral.

Oaxaca - No deferral.

Playa del Carmen - No deferral.

Progresso - No deferral.

Puerto Vallarta - No deferral.

Nicaragua

Managua, Leon, Chinandega, Esteli, Masaya and Granada - No deferral

All other cities and regions are not eligible for 3 months after return.

Panama

Provinces of Cocle, Chiriqui, Herrera, Los Santos, San Miguelito, Panama City and Canal Zone areas are acceptable.

Travel to other areas for more than 24 hours - Not eligible for3 months after return.

Peru

Ica, Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Tacna Moquegua, Chincha Alta, Nazca, Arequipa, Moquegua, Puno, Tacna and highland tourist areas of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, coastal areas south of Lima and Lake Titicaca, or travel outside of these areas for less than 24 hours – No deferral.

Other areas – Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Philippines

Large cities - No deferral. Rural areas for more than 24 hours -Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Mecca, Medina, Ta’if, Riyadh - No deferral.

All other cities and regions are not eligible for 3 months after return.

South Korea

All large cities SOUTH of Seoul such as Pusan, Inche’eon, Chonju, Kunsan, Taegu, Teajon, Kwangju, Oktori, No deferral.

Areas north of Seoul and along the DMZ/border of North Korea – Not eligible for 2 years after return

Singapore

No deferral.

United Kingdom 

Indefinite deferral if you traveled or lived in the United Kingdom for three months or more between 1980 and 1996

Venezuela

Not eligible for 3 months after return.

Vietnam

Large cities of Da Nang, Haiphong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, the Mekong Delta and the Red River Delta – No deferral.

All other areas for more than 24 hours – Not eligible for 3 months after return.

I have a tattoo or body piercing.

Tattoos (single-use dye/equipment), acupuncture (licensed practitioner), ear piercings (sterile gun) and all other body part piercings applied in state-licensed* facility – you must wait one week from date of application.

Any of the above procedures applied by self, an unlicensed individual or a facility that is not state-licensed – you must wait one year from date of application. As of July 9, 2020, you must wait 3 months from date of application. 

*Must be a licensed facility in one of the following states:

Alabama · Hawaii · Maine · Nebraska · Oklahoma · Texas

Alaska · Illinois · Michigan · New Hampshire · Oregon · Vermont

California · Indiana · Minnesota · New Jersey · Rhode Island · Virginia

Colorado · Kansas · Mississippi · New Mexico · South Carolina · Washington

Delaware · Kentucky · Missouri · North Dakota · South Dakota · West Virginia

Florida · Louisiana · Montana · Ohio · Tennessee · Wisconsin

I am taking medication.

Find the medication you are looking for and read the comments for that medication. Do not stop taking medication prescribed by your physicians in order to donate blood.  

Haga clic aquí para ver una lista de aplazamiento de medicamentos.

Medication

Comments

Accutane, Amnesteem, Absorica, Claravis, Myorsian, Sotret, Zenatane (isoretinoin)

Cannot donate or must wait one month from last dose

Anxiety medication

You can donate

Antibiotics

You can donate two days after your last dose

Antibiotics for acne or preventative for urinary track infection/gum disease

You can donate

Anticonvulsant (no seizures for 1 year)

You can donate

Antidepressants

You can donate

Analgesics - Aspirin, Pain Relievers

If medication does not contain aspirin you may donate. If medication contains aspirin, you can donate whole blood or plasma; wait three days after last dose to donate platelets.

Antacids - (i.e. Tums, Prilosec)

You can donate

Asthma medication (no attack requiring ER visit in past 30 days)

You can donate

Anticoagulants or "blood thinners" (usually to prevent blood clots in the legs and lungs and to prevent strokes)

Arixtra (fondaparinux) 2 days 
Eliquis (apixaben) 2 days
Fragmin (dalteparin) 2 days
Lovenox (enoxaparin) 2 days
Pradaxa (dabigatran) 2 days
Savaysa (edoxaban) 2 days
Xarelto (rivaroxaban) 2 days 
Coumadin, Warfilone, Jantoven (warfarin) 7 days
Heparin, low molecular weight heparin 7 days 

 

Anti-Fungal for localized skin/nails/vagina

You can donate

Anti-Histamine (no or mild symptoms)

You can donate

Anti-platelet agents (usually taken to prevent stroke or heart attack)

Can donate non-platelet donations

Feldene (piroxicam)  2 days 
Effient (prasugrel)  3 days 
Brilinta (ticagrelor)  7 days 
Plavix (clopidogrel)  14 days 
Ticlid (ticlopidine) 14 days 
Zontivity (vorapaxar)

1 month 

Aubagio (teriflunomide) for relapsing multiuple sclerosis

24 months

Basal cell skin caner as Erivedge (vismodegib), Odomzo (Sonidegib)

24 months from last dose 

Birth control pills

You can donate

CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) - Immunosuppressant 

6 weeks 

Cholesterol medication

You can donate

Decongestant (no symptoms)

You can donate

Diet pill

You can donate

Diuretic

You can donate unless taking it for Congestive Heart Failure, then Indefinite Deferral

Experimental Medication or Unlicenced (Experimental) Vaccine 

12 months or as indicated by Medical Director

Female hormones

You can donate

Finasteride (Proscar/Propecia)

Cannot donate for one month from last dose

Growth hormones from human pituitary glands

You cannot donate

Guardasil (Human Papilloma Virus)

You can donate

Hepatitis B Immune Globulin

12 months

Hepatitis B or C 

Cannot donate at any time 

Hepatitis A

You can donate

Insulin (U.S. licensed)

You can donate

Insulin (beef/bovine) manufactured in the United Kingdom

Cannot donate at any time

Isoretinoin (Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis or Sotret)

Cannot donate or must wait one month from last dose

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV) - Truvada, Descovy, Tivicay, Isentress (tenofovir, emtricitabine dolutegravir, raltegravir)

3 months - as of July 9, 2020

HIV treatment also known as antiretroviral therapy (ART)

Cannot donate at any time

Propecia (finasteride)

Cannot donate or must wait one month from last dose

Prostate symptoms

Proscar (finasteride) Cannot donate or must wait one month from last dose
Dutasteride (Avodart) Cannot donate or must wait six months from last dose
Jalyn Cannot donate or must wait six months from last dose

 

Psoriasis

Soriatane (acitretin) 36 months 
Tegison (etretinate) Cannot donate at any time

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arava (leflunomide) 24 months 
Rinvoq (upadacitinib) 1 month as of July 9, 2020

Sleeping pill

You can donate

Steroids

Oral Steroid You can donate 
Topical Steroid  You can doante 

 

Thalomid (thalidomide) for multiple myeloma

1 month 

Thyroid medication

You can donate

Tranquilizers

You can donate

Vitamins/ Herbal Supplements

You can donate

I recently had a shot, vaccination or immunization.

Find the shot/vaccination you are looking for and read the comments for that shot/vaccination.

Shot/VaccinationComments
Allergy shot You can donate
Botox injection You must wait two days before you can donate
Chickenpox (varicella-zoster) vaccination You must wait four weeks before you can donate
Flu shot (including H1N1) or FluMist You can donate
Gamma Globulin – HBIG (exposure to hepatitis) You must wait one year before you can donate
Gardasil (human papillomavirus) You can donate
Havrix (hepatitis A vaccine) You can donate
Heptavax (hepatitis B vaccine) You must wait four weeks before you can donate
Meningitis You can donate
Novocaine You can donate
Polio You can donate
Pneumonia vaccination You can donate
Rabies (animal bite) You can donate
Routine TB test You can donate
Shingles vaccination Zostavax – You must wait four weeks before you can donate. Shingrix – You can donate.
Steroid injection (joint) You can donate if given for pain or inflammation. You must wait one month if given for infection.
Steroid injection (intramuscular) You must wait three days after the shot before you can donate
TB test for exposure You must wait three days or until the test has been read to donate
Tetanus Booster You can donate

 

Avodart (dutasteride) was approved on October 10, 2002, and became available for prescription in December of 2002. Like Proscar (finasteride), it is for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) in men. However, it is considerably more potent. You must wait 6 months after your last dose before you can donate.

I recently had surgery or a skin graft.

Find the surgery or the skin graft you are looking for and read the comments for that operation.

Surgery or Skin GraftComments
Major surgery performed in hospital/surgery clinic (no blood used) You can donate if you have resumed normal activities
Major surgery performed in hospital/surgery clinic - blood transfusion received You must wait one year after surgery to donate - even if autologous blood was used
Minor surgery performed in MD office You must wait one week to donate
Lasik/cataract surgery You must wait one week to donate
Skin Grafts - Autologous You must wait six weeks after the graft to donate
Skin Graft - Allogeneic You must wait three months after the graft to donate
Bone Graft-Allogenic (purified cadaver bone used for dental, lumbar, etc., graft) or Autologous You must wait six weeks after the graft to donate
BIO-OSS dental graft You must wait six weeks after the graft to donate
OASIS non-cellular graft You must wait six weeks after the graft to donate
Heart valve graft (porcine) You must wait six months after the graft to donate
Transplant - Solid Organ from Animal source You cannot donate

I have a common ailment or illness.

Find the common ailment or illness you are looking for and read the comments for that condition.

Ailment or IllnessComments
Diabetes - feeling well and healthy You can donate
Diabetes - symptomatic You must wait 30 days after symptoms disappear before you can donate
Diarrhea You must wait two days after symptoms disappear before you can donate.
Eczema - no infected lesions You can donate
Headache - Severe Migraine You can donate one day after your headache disappears
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (having abdominal discomfort) You must wait two days to donate after symptoms disappear
Mononucleosis You must wait six weeks after symptoms disappear before you can donate
Psoriasis You can donate
Psoriasis - taking Acitretin, Soritane or Tegison You cannot donate
Pneumonia You must wait 30 days after you get well before you can donate
Poison Ivy (no lesions in venipuncture area) You can donate
Ringworm (not in venipuncture area) You can donate
Stroke related to heart or embolism You can donate if it is more than six months since the stroke and your condition is stable.
Stroke related to head injury You can donate if it is more than six months since the stroke and your condition is stable.
Thyroid - Hypo/Hyper - controlled with medication You can donate
Ulcerative Colitis - no medication taken You can donate
Ulcerative Colitis - taking Asacol You can donate
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) You must wait two days after treatment is finished to donate

I have had cancer.

There is a 1-year waiting period after completing treatment for melanoma and internal cancers, except lymphoma and leukemia, which are permanent deferrals. Minor external skin cancers such as basal or squamous cell you are eligible to donate 2 weeks after the cancer is removed.

I have a circulation or heart-related disorder.

Find the condition you are looking for and read the comments for that condition.

Circulation or Heart Related DisorderComments
High blood pressure (controlled) You can donate
All heart conditions/surgery/angioplasty and heart attacks that have associated chest pain Please contact Medical Services
(713) 791-6612
Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) - (Stable - no chest pain in past six months) You can donate
Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) - (Unstable or chest pains within the past six months) Must have a physician approval letter to donate
Arrhythmia - no pain/no medication or controlled by medication You can donate

I don't have sickle cell anemia, but I carry the trait.

You can donate blood if you have sickle cell trait. However, all blood is currently filtered to help prevent reactions in the recipient. Blood with sickle cell trait does not filter well. We encourage donors with sickle cell trait to donate plasma or platelet apheresis. These two types do not get filtered.

I have a sexually transmitted disease.

If you have genital herpes, chlamydia or venereal warts (human papillomavirus), but no active lesions, you can donate. If you have syphilis or gonorrhea you must wait 3 months after you complete your treatments and have negative test results.

I’ve made contact with someone who has hepatitis.

If you are hospital personnel or have been exposed via casual contact, you can donate. If your contact has come from a member of your household (sexual contact as well), and that person is asymptomatic and not undergoing treatment, you can donate. If that person is undergoing treatment or is symptomatic, you must wait one year before you can donate blood.

FDA Donor Eligibility Changes

As of July 9, 2020, more people can give blood and save lives with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center after the U.S. FDA changed its eligibility requirements as donations decreased in response to the pandemic.  

Changes include: 

  • The Blood Center has eliminated deferrals for people who may have been exposed to Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease while in certain European countries or on military bases.  

  • The deferral period for men who have had sex with another man has been shortened from a year to three months.  

  • The deferral period for people who have traveled to malaria-endemic areas has been shortened from a year to three months.  

Why is The Blood Center changing donor eligibility requirements?

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials announced the changes in April in response to a drop in blood donations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials stated the decision was based on completed studies and epidemiologic data that concluded the updates would not compromise the blood supply.  

What is changing?

The changes primarily affect those at risk for transmitting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (linked to mad cow disease) after living in or spending a significant amount of time in Europe and those at risk of contracting HIV. 

Deferrals have been lifted for those who lived in for five years or more in Europe, except for United Kingdom, Ireland and FranceAdditionally, people stationed with the military in Europe from 1980 to 1996 may now donate

Indefinite deferral if you traveled or lived in the United Kingdom for three months or more between 1980 and 1996

Additionally, the FDA has issued guidance to allow for donor requalification for donor’s who have previously tested positive for and were deferred for human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) and type II (HTLV-II), collectively referred to as HTLV-I/II.  If you were previously deferred from donating because of HTLV I/II, please contact the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Donor Advocates at (713) 791-6608 to discuss the requalification process. 

Will the requirements change after the pandemic?

The current FDA donor eligibility changes will remain in place after the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

Can I now donate if I lived in Europe?

Deferrals have been lifted for those who lived in for five years or more in Europe, except for Ireland and FranceAdditionally, people stationed with the military in Europe from 1980 to 1996 may now donate. Call our Donor Advocate team at 713-791-6608 to see if you now qualify. 

Can gay men donate blood?

The deferral period for man-to-man sexual contact has been shortened from one year to three months.  

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Circle of Life Bike Tour celebrates life

The Lone Star Circle of Life bike tour visits Texas cities to raise awareness of the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donations to honor those impacted by these donation types. This year’s eight-day, 600-mile tour included stops in Houston and College Station.

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Our mission is to partner with the community to help save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, biotherapies, and related services.

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