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Blood Donation Eligibility

Most people are eligible to donate blood and recent FDA changes to eligibility guidance, including the Individual Donor Assessment and European travel, may mean those once deferred can give. We encourage you to review both the basic and additional eligibility sections below to help determine if you’re eligible to help save lives. 

Basic Eligibility Requirements

There are a few basic blood donation eligibility requirements donors must meet, but not to worry: Chances are good you’ll be eligible. About 62 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time. Check out the basic requirements here, as well as tips on preparing for your blood donation. The basic eligibility page also includes updates and FAQ on any public health emergencies and how they might affect blood donation.

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Additional Eligibility Requirements

There are other factors that might affect your blood donation eligibility, but in most cases they are temporary. Visit the additional eligibility requirements page for questions about tattoos, medication, travel, HIV/AIDS risk and other factors that can affect your blood donation eligibility.

Additional Eligibility Requirements