Eligibility

 

It’s easy to become a blood donor. Individuals who are in good health and can meet the general eligibility criteria are likely able to donate. If you were deferred from donating in the past, you may be able to donate again.

As part of our commitment to safety, blood donors must meet certain requirements to give blood. Prior to scheduling an appointment to give blood, review the eligibility requirements and prescreening questions. The guidelines listed below are not all-inclusive and are subject to change.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact Bonfils’ Donor Relations department at 303.363.2202 or 800.365.0006, opt. 1.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or 16 or 17 with written parental or guardian acknowledgement.
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds; if greater than 350 pounds, please call Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2.
  • For your safety and to ensure a positive donation experience Bonfils recommends that prior to your donation you eat within 2 hours and hydrate for 24-48 hours. If you would like something to eat or drink before your donation please help yourself to the items in the canteen area. 
  • Be in good general health.
  • Proof of identification is required at time of donation. Examples include but are not limited to: driver’s license, work badge, school ID, credit card, mail, etc.
  • The donation interval after a whole blood donation is 56 days. Please contact Bonfils Blood Center for the specific interval for other blood product donations.
  • You should not be under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs at the time of donation.

Most health conditions are acceptable. Conditions of concern will be addressed at the time of donation of by calling Bonfils' Donor Relations department at 303.363.2202 or 800.365.0006, opt 1.

  • Ambulatory Aid: For their own safety, donors using any type of temporary ambulatory aids including crutches, canes or other walking aids for a recent injury cannot donate until no longer requiring this assistance. 
  • Breastfeeding: Female donors that are breastfeeding are eligible to donate.
  • Cancer: Donor is eligible with a history of basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ. Lymphoma and leukemia are permanent deferrals. All other types of cancer will be assessed at time of donation, but 12 months must have passed since the last treatment and donor must be considered cancer free at time of donation.
  • Colds: Donors are not eligible if they are not feeling well and healthy the day of donation.
  • Diabetes: Donors with diabetes (type I or II) are eligible to donate. Diabetics who ever used bovine insulin manufactured in the United Kingdom are deferred.
  • Heart Disease: Donors with a history of heart disease or heart attacks may be eligible to donate provided six months have elapsed from the incident and approval has been obtained from donor’s physician. Donors with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and implanted/internal defibrillators are permanently ineligible.
  • Hemochromatosis/Polycythemia: Donors diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis or polycythemia are asked to contact Bonfils’ Donor Relations.
  • Hepatitis: Donors with a history of hepatitis B or C should refrain from donating.
  • High Blood Pressure: Donors with high blood pressure are eligible to donate if their blood pressure is within an acceptable range when taken on the day of donation, regardless of medication.
  • Malaria: Donor is eligible if symptom free for three years.
  • Pregnant: Donors who are pregnant or have been pregnant in the last 6 weeks are not eligible to donate.
  • Transfusion/Transplants: Donor is deferred for 12 months following a transplant or transfusion of blood or of blood products.

  Are you being treated
  with the following types of medication...

  Have you taken...

  which is also called...

  in the last

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

  Feldene

  prioxicam

  2 days

  Effient

  prasugrel

  7 days

  Brilinta

  ticagrelor

  Plavix

  clopidogrel

  14 days

  Ticlid

  ticlopidine

  Zontivity  

  vorapaxar

  Anticoagulants or “blood
  thinners” (usually to prevent
  blood clots in the leg and
  lungs and to prevent stokes)

  Xeralto

  rivaroxaban

  2 days

  Fragmin

  dalteparin

  Lovenox

  enoxaparin

  Pradaxa

  dabigatran

  Eliquis

  abixaban

  Savaysa 

  edoxaban

  Coumadin

  Warfilone

  Jantoven

  warfarin

  7 days

  Heparin, low molecular

  weight heparin

  heparin

  Arixta

  fondaparinux

  Acne treatment

  Accutane

  Amnesteem

  Absorica

  Claravis

  Myorisan

  Sotret

  Zenatane

  isotretinoin

  1 month

  Hair loss remedy

  Propecia

  finasteride

  Prostate Symptoms

  Proscar

  finasteride

  Avodart

  dutasteride

  6 months

  Jalyn

  Basal cell skin cancer  

  Erivedge

  vismodegib

  7 months

  Relapsing multiple sclerosis

  Aubagio

  Teriflunomide

  2 years

  Psoriasis

  Soriatane

  acitretin

  3 years

  Tegison

  etretinate

  Ever

  Hepatitis exposure

  Hepatitis B Immune

  Globulin

  HBIG

  12 months

Individuals who have had a positive test for HIV/AIDS or who are at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS are permanently deferred from donating blood.

Risk factors include:

  • Use of needles to take drugs, steroids or anything not prescribed by your doctor
  • Taking money or drugs for sex

The following risk factors represent a 12-month deferral for the donor from the date of occurrence:

  • Male to male sexual contact in the past 12 months 
  • Intimate/sexual contact with any person in the above categories
  • Accidental contact with another person’s blood/body fluid or an accidental needle stick
  • Incarceration for more than 72 consecutive hours

 

  • Tattoos/Permanent Make-up: Donor is eligible if tattooing/make-up application is performed in a physician’s office using single-use equipment. Otherwise, donor is deferred for 12 months.
  • Ear/Body Piercing: Donor is eligible if piercing was performed using single-use equipment. Otherwise, donor is deferred for 12 months. 
    • Note: Piercings done at Claire’s stores and similar establishments are acceptable.
  • Acupuncture/Dry-needling: Donor is eligible if procedure was performed with single-use equipment. Otherwise, donor is deferred for 12 months.

Effective Oct. 31, 2016 all donated blood will be tested for Zika. Donors will still be asked and will not be allowed to donate if:

  • They have had a known case of Zika in the last 4 months.
  • They have had sexual contact with a person who has had a known case of Zika in the 4 months prior.

Zika Research Information

  • CJD Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (human form of mad cow disease). Total cumulative time spent in the United Kingdom (see list below) adding up to 3 months or more from 1980-1996 indefinitely defers a donor from community donation. However, these donors may be eligible for research donations.
  • Total cumulative time spent in the European Countries listed below of 5 years or more is cause for indefinite deferral from community donation, but does not defer the donor from research donations.


Countries in United Kingdom:

Channel Islands

Gibraltar

Scotland

England                

Isle of Man             

Wales             

Falkland Islands

Northern Irelands

 


European Countries:

Albania

Gibraltar

Poland

Austria

Greece

Portugal**

Belgium

Hungary

Romania

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Isle of Man

Scotland

Bulgaria

Kosovo

Serbia

Channel Islands

Northern Ireland

Slovak Republic

Croatia

Republic of Ireland

Slovenia

Czech Republic

Italy (Sicily)

Spain***

Denmark

Liechtenstein

Sweden

England

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Falkland Islands

Macedonia

United Kingdom

Finland

Montenegro

Yugoslavia****

France*

Netherlands (Holland)

Wales

Germany

Norway

 

 

* including its overseas departments (e.g., Martinique and others)
** including the Canary Islands and Spanish North African territories
*** including the Azores
****formerly Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Vaccination/Immunization

Do Not Donate for

Antitoxins/animal serum injections

2 weeks

Measles (rubeola)

Mumps

Polio – Salk (oral vaccine)

Typhoid (oral)

Yellow fever

German measles (rubella)

1 month (30 days)

BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guerin) for tuberculosis (TB) disease

Hepatitis B (Recombivax, Energix-B, Heptavax)

MMR (measles/mumps/rubella)

Varicella zoster (chicken pox, Varivax)

Shingles (Zostavax)