Donating Blood & Platelets: Medical Conditions Affecting Donation

Certain medications may delay your ability to donate blood. If you are taking any medication, even if it is not listed here, please call the Blood Donor Room at 212-639-7643 to determine your eligibility.

Medical Conditions (A-J)

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Medical Conditions

Eligibility

Addison’s Disease

You may NOT donate blood.

Adrenal Disorder

You may NOT donate blood.

AIDS (HIV) or HTLV

You may donate if you…

- have had casual contact with a person who has AIDS, or you are a caregiver of AIDS patients and you use appropriate precautions, or more 1 year has passed since your last sexual contact with a person who has AIDS.

You may NOT donate if you…

- have ever tested positive for HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or the HTLV virus .

- have HIV or AIDS.

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

You may NOT donate.

Animal Bites

If you were bitten by a domestic pet, you may donate after the bite has healed. If you were bitten by any other animal, you must wait twelve months. If a Rabies vaccine was needed, you must wait twelve months to donate.

Aortic Stenosis

You may donate if…

-the heart defect has been corrected, and more than one year has passed since the defect was corrected by surgery, and you have no symptoms of the defect, and you have no limitations on your activity. You will need written approval from your physician dated within six months of the donation date specifying whether you may donate blood or platelets.

Arrhythmia

You may donate if you have written approval from your physician dated within six months of the donation date specifying whether you may donate blood or platelets.

Asthma

You may donate if you have no difficulty breathing at the time of the donation.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

You may donate if the condition has been completely excised and healed.

Bee Sting

You must wait one day after a bee sting to donate.

Berger’s Disease

You may NOT donate blood.

Breast Feeding

You may donate blood. You may NOT donate platelets.

Cancer (General)

You may donate if your cancer has been in remission and you have not received any treatment for at least one years.

You may NOT donate if you have had:

Myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma or Hodgkin’s disease

Carcinoma-in-situ

You may donate if you have this condition in the cervix or breast and have completed therapy.

Cardiomyopathy

You may NOT donate blood.

Chicken Pox

You may donate if you have been exposed to Chicken Pox, but only if you have already had it, or been vaccinated against it. Otherwise you must wait 3 weeks from the time of exposure.

Chronic Bronchitis

You may donate if you have no symptoms.

Chronic Granulomatosis

You may NOT donate blood.

Chronic Kidney Diseases

You may NOT donate blood.

Cirrhosis

You may NOT donate blood.

Colds

See Respiratory Infection.

Coccidiomycosis, if disseminated or extrapulmonary

You may NOT donate blood.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

You may NOT donate blood.

Crohn’s Disease

You may donate if you have no symptoms of diarrhea for at least 72 hours prior to donation.

Ehlers Danos Syndrome

You may NOT donate blood.

Emphysema

You may donate if you have no symptoms.

Endocarditis

You may donate if  treatment is completed and the condition is resolved.

Epilepsy

You may donate if it has been at least 30 days since your last seizure and the condition is under control.

Fifth’s Disease

You may donate if you have been exposed to Fifth’s Disease, but only if you have already had it or been vaccinated against it. Otherwise you must wait three weeks from the time of exposure.

Flu

You may donate if you were exposed to someone with the flu but you have no symptoms.

Food Poisoning

You must wait 72 hours after the symptoms stop before donating.

German Measles

You may donate if you have been exposed to German Measles but only if you have already had it or been vaccinated against it. Otherwise you must wait three weeks from the time of exposure.

Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

You may donate if you have no heart problems one year afterward and you have written approval from your physician dated within 6 months of the donation date specifying whether you may donate blood or platelets.

Heart Murmur

You may donate if you have no symptoms and you have no activity limitations, not on any cardiac medication or you have written approval from your physician dated within 6 months of the donation date specifying whether you may donate blood or platelets.

Hemachromatosis

You may NOT donate blood.

Hemophilia or related clotting disorder

You may NOT donate blood.

Hereditary Spherocytosis

You may NOT donate blood.

Histoplasmosis

You may donate if your x-ray shows inactive disease.

HIV

You may not NOT donate blood.

Hodgkin’s Disease

You may not NOT donate blood.

Immune (or Idiopathic) Thrombocytopenic Purpura(ITP)

You may donate if you had a history of ITP as a child (before age 11)with no residual effects.

Jaundice/Hepatitis

You may donate if you had a history of unexplained jaundice from birth to age 11. Or you have:

-Erythroblastosis (Hemolytic Disease of the newborn, Rh disease)
-or Jaundice secondary to gallstones
-or Jaundice due to Gilbert’s Disease
-or Jaundice due to drug sensitivity

You may NOT donate if you…

-had Viral Hepatitis or unexplained Jaundice at age 11 or older.
-have a positive blood test for Hepatitis B or C.
-donated blood in which a recipient developed Hepatitis within six months of transfusion.
-were involved in two or more post-transfusion Hepatitis cases

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