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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Blood Donor Eligibility Criteria

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed some of the eligibility criteria for blood donation in April 2020. Deferral rules with respect to blood exposure, risk of sexually transmitted diseases, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (mad cow disease) and travel-related disease exposures were modified. As a result, some donors who were previously ineligible to donate may now be eligible.

On June 25, the Children’s National Blood Donor Center implemented these changes. We recommend checking these headings in particular for more information about the changes:

  • Acupuncture
  • Age
  • Allergies
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)/Pre and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) for HIV/AIDS
  • Aspirin
  • Asthma/Lung Conditions
  • Birth Control
  • Bleeding Conditions/Blood Diseases
  • Blood Pressure (including Hypertension)
  • Blood Thinners
  • Blood Transfusion/Blood Exposure
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illnesses
  • Cold or Flu
  • COVID-19
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Variant (Mad Cow Disease)
  • Dental Work
  • Diabetes
  • Donation Intervals
  • Donor Deferral for Men Who Have Had Sex with Men (MSM)
  • Ebola Virus
  • Heart Conditions
  • Hemochromatosis (Hereditary)
  • Hepatitis or Jaundice
  • Immunization/Vaccination
  • Infection Risk Due to Close Contacts/ Incarceration
  • Infections
  • Intravenous Drug Use
  • Iron (Hemoglobin Level)
  • Medications
  • Organ/Tissue Transplants
  • Pregnancy/Nursing
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Disease, Rash or Acne
  • Surgeries and Procedures
  • Tattoo, Body Piercing (including ears), Electrolysis or Scarring
  • Travel
  • Tuberculosis
  • Weight/Height