Donating Blood & Platelets: Other Factors That May Affect Blood/Platelet Donations

If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please call the Blood Donor Room at 212-639-7643.

Incarceration

You may donate blood if it has been more than 12 months since incarceration or sexual contact with someone who was incarcerated. (Applies to incarcerations lasting 72 hours or more.)

Illegal Drug Use

You may not donate blood if you are a past or present user of illegal intravenous drugs or if you take anabolic steroids intravenously (unless you have a doctor’s prescription).

Sexual Contact and STDs

You may donate blood if:

  • You have had casual contact with a person who has AIDS.
  • You are a caregiver of AIDS patients and use appropriate precautions.
  • You have chronic genital herpes and it has been one week since you had active lesions.
  • More than 12 months has passed since you last had sexual contact with a person who has taken a clotting factor, has AIDS, has accepted money or drugs for sex, or is being treated for a sexually transmitted disease.
  • More than 12 months has passed since you were treated for syphilis or gonorrhea.
  • If you have had chlamydia and treatment is completed.

You may not donate blood if:

  • You are a man who has had sex with another man since 1977, even once.
  • You have tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • You have accepted money or drugs for sex since 1977.

If your sexual partner falls into any of the above categories you must wait 12 months after last sexual contact before donating blood.