Blood Center

Am I eligible to donate?

Only 39% of the general population are eligible to donate. Because blood is a living tissue that is "transplanted" into another human, the FDA, in an attempt to ensure a safe blood supply, has imposed strict controls on who may donate.

Here are some reasons why a donor may be permanently deferred:

*please note that these restrictions listed here are not comprehensive and are subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stanford Blood Center at (650) 723-7831.

HIV/AIDS You are a person with symptoms or laboratory evidence of HIV virus.
Cancer you have had Leukemia, Lymphoma, multiple myoloma and all other hematologic malignancies.
Heart Disease you've experienced heart failure or coronary artery disease. Other heart conditions may require your doctor's permission.
Hepatitis you have a history of the disease after the age of 10, or a positive lab test for the virus.
Organ Failure you have experienced kidney, lung, or liver failure.
Recreational Drug Use (by injection): If you have injected yourself with drugs not
prescribed by a physician.
United Kingdom/Europe you have spent a cumulative total of 3 months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996. Or, a cumulative total of 5 years from 1980 to present in Europe.

 

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