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 115 pounds for whole blood donations or 110 pounds for platelet and plasma donations. Donors weighing over 350 pounds, please call the Appointment Center 303.363.2300 or 800.365.0006, opt. 2, to schedule your appointment at our Lowry or Westminster Community Donor Center locations. Weight requirements may differ depending on the procedure.
  • Be in good general health with no history of leukemia, lymphoma or HIV/AIDS.
  • The donation interval after a whole blood donation is 56 days. 
  • Whole Blood Donation or Single Red Cell: minimum interval 56 days, eligible to give platelets and/or plasma in between.
  • Platelet Donation: minimum interval 7 days, maximum 24 donations in 12 months.
  • Plasma Donation: minimum interval 28 days, eligible to give red cells and platelets in between.
  • Double Red Cell Donation: minimum interval 112 days, not eligible for other donations in between.
    • Males must be at least 5'1" and weigh at least 130 lbs 
    • Females must be at least 5'5" and weigh at least 150 lbs 
  • 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.

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.

  • Cancer Donors with a history of leukemia or lymphoma are currently permanently deferred. All other types of cancer will be assessed at time of donation.
  • Colds Donors are not eligible if they are not feeling well and healthy the day of donation.
  • Hemochromatosis/Polycythemia Donors diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis or polycythemia are asked to contact Bonfils' Donor Relations department at 303.363.2202 or 800.365.0006, opt. 1 to learn more about donation options.
  • Pregnant Pregnant donors are not eligible to donate.
  • Transfusion Donor is deferred for 12 months after a transfusion of blood or blood products.

Most medications are acceptable, the only medications that are NOT APPROVED are:

  • Antibiotics Given for an active infection
    Note: Antibiotics given for prophylactic use are acceptable.
  • Proscar© (finasteride) Usually given for prostate gland enlargement
  • Avodart© (dutasteride) Usually given for prostate enlargement
  • Propecia© (finasteride) Usually given for baldness
  • Accutane© Absorica (Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret, isotretinoin, Myorisan) Usually given for severe acne
  • Apixaban (Eliquis) Used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people who have artial fibrillation
  • Experimental Medication or Unlicensed (Experimental) Vaccine usually associated with a research protocol
  • Soriatane© (acitretin) Usually given for severe psoriasis
  • Tegison© (etretinate) Usually given for severe psoriasis
  • Growth hormone from human pituitary glands Used only until 1985, usually for children with delayed or impaired growth
  • Coumadin (warfarin, Warfilone) Usually given for blood clots in the legs, heart or lungs
  • Jalyn (dutasteride/tamsulosin) Usually given for prostate enlargement
  • Pradaxa (dabigatran) Used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots
  • Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) Usually given for post-surgery for hip and knee replacement surgeries
  • Hepatitis B Immune Globulin Given following an exposure to hepatitis B
    Note: This is different from the hepatitis B vaccine which is a series of three injections given over a six-month period to prevent future infection from exposures to hepatitis.

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 a doctor, even once
  • Taking money or drugs for sex since 1977
  • Male to male sexual contact, even once, since 1977
  • Ongoing treatment with clotting factor concentrates for hemophilia or similar blood clotting disorders
  • Tattoos/Permanent Makeup Donor is eligible if tattooing/makeup application is performed in a physician's office using single-use equipment. Otherwise, donor is deferred for 12 months. Deferred donor may be eligible to give a research donation.
  • Ear/Body Piercing Donor is eligible if piercing was performed using single-use equipment. Otherwise, donor is deferred for 12 months. Deferred donor may be eligible to give a research donation.
    Note: Piercings done at Claire's stores and similar establishments are acceptable.
  • Donor is deferred for travel/residence of three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 to 1996. Deferred donor may be eligible to give a research donation.
  • Donor is deferred for travel/residence of time that adds up to five years or more in Europe from 1980 to the present. Deferred donor may be eligible to give a research donation.
  • Extended periods of time in Europe may be a reason for deferral, however donors should speak with a Bonfils representative before they decide not to donate blood. Each case will be assessed at the time of donation or by calling Bonfils' Donor Relations department at 303.363.2202 or 800.365.0006, opt. 1.