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Some health conditions, medications, and travel may temporarily or permanently prevent people from donating blood.  All donors must be
in good health, at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 115 pounds to donate whole blood or 110 pounds to donate platelets.
If you have questions, contact the operations manager at 512-206-
1108 or
whocandonate@inyourhands.org.
 Are you feeling well and healthy today?                                                                                          
Refer to Medications section below to answer donor questions about antibiotics. Donor must be in good health on day of donation.

 

Medical Conditions

 

 
AIDS / HIV Infection or exposure risk factors. For more information, click here.              Cannot donate
 

Cancer: 

Leukemia or any hematological malignancy, Lymphoma                                              Cannot donate
(ex: Hodgkins or non-Hodgkins)

                                                                                                                                       

Basal Cell                                                                                                                              Acceptable day after removed

Squamous Cell of the Skin                                                                                                Acceptable one week after removed

Other cancers, cured, more than 2 years since diagnosis and end of treatment      Acceptable

 

Breast Cancer                                                                                                                     Call


Chagasí
disease and babesiosis                                                                                                        Cannot donate

 
Cold
or flu symptoms (must be feeling well and healthy)                                                              1-day wait


Family history of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) or fatal neurological disease                    Cannot donate


Diabetes                                                                                                                                               
Acceptable

 

Heart attack                                                                                                                                        12-month wait


Hematocrit
is too low (iron level)                                                                                                    1-day wait


Hepatitis
or yellow jaundice at age 11 or older                                                                              Cannot donate


Hepatitis
exposure or hepatitis B immune globulin shot                                                             12-month wait


Pregnancy
                                                                                                                                           6-week wait


Syphilis
or gonorrhea                                                                                                                       12-month wait


West Nile Virus,
no longer symptomatic                                                                                      120-day wait

 

Medical Procedures

 

 

Received a blood transfusion, skin graft or tissue transplant.                                                  12-month wait


Ever received a cornea transplant                                                                                                   12-month wait


Received dura mater graft (brain covering graft)                                                                         Cannot donate


Heart surgery
due to heart attack                                                                                                  12-month wait


Received human growth hormone prior to 1985                                                                         Cannot donate


Have a pacemaker or implanted defibrillator                                                                                Cannot donate

 

Colonoscopy                                                                                                                                        No wait

 

Medications

 

 

Accutane (Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, Isotretinoin)                                                               1-month wait after completion

Experimental medication                                                                                                                12-month wait after completion
 

Jalyn                                                                                                                                                   6-month wait after completion

 

Effient (Prasugrel)                                                                                                                            Apheresis Platelets: 2 weeks, Whole Blood: No wait

 

Acitretin (Soriatane)                                                                                                                       3-year wait after completion


Antibiotics for an infection                                                                                                            Day after completion with no signs or symptoms


Aspirin, Feldene, Piroxicam or any aspirin-containing product                                             Apheresis Platelets: 48-hours, Whole Blood: No wait


Avodart (Dutasteride)                                                                                                                      6-month wait after completion


Beef insulin                                                                                                                                      Call nurse manager at 206-1108

 
Coumadin (Warfarin)                                                                                                                       7-days after completion


Etretinate (Tegison)                                                                                                                         Cannot donate
 
Heparin & Derivatives, Direct Thrombin Inhibitors (Dabigatran)                                        7-days after completion
Direct Xa Inhibitors (Rivaroxaban), Pradaxa


Plavix (Clopidogrel, Pletal, Ticlid, Ticlopidine, Cilostazol, Prasugrel)                                      Apheresis Platelets: 2 weeks, Whole Blood: No wait


Proscar (Finasteride), Propecia                                                                                                      1-month wait after completion

 

Travel

 

 

Travel to Iraq                                                                                                                                      12-month wait


Travel to a Malaria area                                                                                                                   12-month wait

 
Immigrating from a Malaria area (moving to US)                                                                          3-year wait


Cumulative of 3 months or more has been spent in the United Kingdom from 01/01/1980 to     Cannot donate
12/31/1996. United Kingdom (UK) is defined as England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland,
Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, and the Falkland Islands. The Republic of Ireland
is not included in the definition of the UK but is included in the definition of Europe.                    


Received a transfusion of blood, platelets, plasma, cryoprecipitate, or granulocytes in         Cannot donate
the United Kingdom or France since 01/01/1980.                                                                      


Cumulative of 5 years or more in Europe (including time spent in the UK from                           Cannot donate
 01/01/1980 to 12/31/1996).                                                                                                           


Were a member of the US Military, a civilian military employee, or a dependent of a              Cannot donate
member of the US Military from 01/01/1980 to 12/31/1996 and spent a cumulative of
6 months or more associated with a military base in any of the following countries:
Belgium, The Netherlands or Germany (01/01/1980 to 12/31/1990); Spain, Portugal,
Turkey, Italy or Greece (01/01/1980 to 12/31/1996).

                                                                                                                                                         

Vaccinations

 

 

Flu shots                                                                                                                                               Acceptable

 

Smallpox vaccination                                                                                                                          8-week wait

 

Hepatitis B vaccination                                                                                                                       2-week wait after each dose

 

Other vaccines                                                                                                                                     Call nurse manager at 206-1108

 

Unlicensed vaccines                                                                                                                            1-year wait

 

Other

 

 

Ear/Body piercing: performed under sterile conditions, in a Texas licensed                             Acceptable
facility, with a single use device (must be healed, no sign of infection)                                         

 

Ear/Body piercing: NOT performed under sterile conditions, done in prison, at home,          12-month wait
by a friend, or in another state or country                                                                                       

 

Jailed for 3 or more consecutive days                                                                                            12-month wait

 

Tattoo: applied in a Texas licensed facility with use of sterile needles and ink                        Acceptable
(must be healed, no sign of infection)                                                                                            

 

Tattoo: applied in prison, at home or by a friend, or in another state or country                     12-month wait