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Acutane

Can give four weeks after their last dose.

Age

You must be at least 17 years of age or older
There is no upper age limit

AIDS

If you have AIDS or have tested positive for the HIV virus, you may not give blood.  If you are at risk for getting AIDS, you may not give blood.  This includes:
Man who has had sex with another man since 1977, even one time
Anyone who has taken illegal drugs by needle, even one time
Anyone who has taken clotting factor concentrates in the past 12 months
Anyone who has given money or drugs for sex since 1977
Anyone who has had sex with someone in the above categories

Aneureysm (Aortic or Cerebral)

You may give blood if you have no physical restrictions, symptom free and are not on any medications for cardiovascular disease

Angina

You may give if symptom free, have no physical restrictions and are on no medications except for aspirin

Angioplasty

After 6 months you may give if there is no history of heart disease

Antibiotics

You must wait at least 48 hours after the last dose of anitbiotics before giving blood

Antidepressants

You may give blood if on antidepressant medication

Arrhythmias

You may give if you are on medication for the condition and meet all other health criteria

Asthma

You may donate if you are not having asthma problems on the day of the donation

Birth Control Pills

You may give blood

Bites

Animal - you may donate if you are symptom free
Human - If skin was broken you must wait one year
Venomous - You may donate unless you received antitoxin.  If you have, you must wait 7 days after your last dose

Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure will be checked before you give blood.  As long as your blood pressure is within acceptable limits, you may give blood.  Acceptable limits are:  Systolic - not over 180 and Diastolic - not over 100

Blood Pressure Medication

You may give blood as long as your blood pressure is within normal limits on the day you donate, and if your medication or dosage has not been changed in the last 2 weeks

Blood Thinners

You must wait 5 days from your last dose of the blood thinner (i.e. Coumadin or Heparin)

Blood Transfusions

You may donate after 12 months after receiving blood.  Autogous blood recipients have no wait

Bone Marrow

After donation you must wait 56 days unless you had a transfusion from someone else and then you must wait one year

Bone Fractures

You may give blood as long as the needlestick area on the arm is accessible for drawing blood and a visual check

Breast Feeding

You may donate, but must wait 6 weeks after delivery

Bypass Surgery

1 year deferral

Cancer

You may not give blood if you currently have cancer or have ever had Leukemia or lymphoma.  If you had cancer 5 years ago and did not receive chemotherapy or Tamoxifen therapy and you have had no reoccurrences, you my give blood.  If you received chemotherapy or Tamoxifen for you cancer, you may not give blood.
You may give blood if you had basal cell or squamos cell cancer if it had been completely removed and healed

Cortizone

You may donate if it's being used for inflammation

Chicken Pox

You may give blood after full recovery
If you've been exposed to chicken pox you may donate if you've been immunized or have had chicken pox yourself.  If not, you may not give blood for 3 weeks after exposure

Cold

You may not give blood if you still have symptoms of a cold - you must be fully recovered

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

There is a 1 year deferral

Dental Work

You may give blood if you have had or will be having routine dental work performed (such as cleaning, scaling, root canal, tooth extraction and fillings).  You must wait 3 days if you had oral surgery or have an infection

Diabetes

You may donate blood.  If you are on insulin, you must have been established on your medication routine for at least 2 weeks

Donation Frequency

You must wait 56 days between donations

Epstein-Barr Virus

May donate when fully recovered

E-Coli

Must be fully recovered and off antibiotics for 48 hours

Ear Piercing

If done professionaly and under sterile conditions, you may give

Epilepsy

May give blood if they have had no seizures in the past three months

Fertility Drugs

May donate however, you must be able to state that you are not currently pregnant

Flu

You must be fully recovered with no lingering symptoms

Flu Shots

You may give blood immediately after receiving the shot.  You may get the shots immediately after giving blood

Gonorrhea

You must wait at least 12 months after being treated for gonorrhea

Gout

You may give blood

Heart Attack

May give after 6 months if you have no restrictions on physical activity, are not taking any medications except aspirin and are now symptom free

Hepatitis

You may not give blood if you have had hepatitis, unless you had it before age 11, or you developed jaundice as a result of mononucleosis

Herpes

You may give if you are not on anti-viral medications

Hepatitis, exposure to

You must wait one year after known exposure to viral hepatitis.  This included close contact with viral hepatitis (i.e. living with someone).  If you have taken the vaccine you may give blood, but if vaccine was taken because of known exposure, you may not give blood for one year from known exposure
Hepatitis B - wait 7 days past shot
Hepatitis A - no wait

History of Congestive Heart Failure

One year deferral

Hypertension

Okay to donate

Hypoglycemia

Acceptable if feeling well on day of donation

Ibuprofen

Okay to donate

Immunization

Diphtheria:  You may give if symptom free and no fever present
German Measles:  You may not give for 4 weeks
Measles:  You may not give for 2 weeks
Mumps:  You may not give for 2 weeks
Pertussis:  You may give blood if symptom free and no fever present
Polio, injection(Salk):  You may give if symptom free and no fever present
Polio, oral(Sabin):  You may not give for 2 weeks
Rabies:  Following a bite, 12 month deferral.  If it was given for protective reasons, unrelated to a bite, there is no deferral if sympton free
Smallpox:  You may not give for 2 weeks or as soon as scab has fallen off
Tetanus:  You may give blood if symptom free and no fever present
Thyroid, oral:  You may not give for 2 weeks
Yellow Fever:  You may not give for 2 weeks

Lupus

Discoid - may give blood
Systemic - may not give blood

Malaria

You must wait three years after recovery from Malaria before giving blood

Malaria Medications

You may give blood IF you did NOT take if for actual exposure and you did not travel to an area endemic for Malaria

Malaria Countries

If you have traveled to an area endemic for Malaria, you must wait 12 months to donate blood

Multiple Sclerosis

Autoimmune disease and can not donate

Meningitis

May give blood when fully recovered

Menstration

you may give blood while on you menstrual cycle

Minor Stitches

You may give blood 48 hours after getting stitches if no sign or symptoms of infection

Mitral Valve Prolapse

You may be on medication for the condition and still donate, but you must be symptom free and have no physical restriction

Mononucleosis

you may give blood after you have fully recovered

Mononucleosis, exposure to

You may give blood if you have been exposed to someone with mononucleosis

Murmurs

you may give blood if you have no physical restrictions, are symptom free, and are on medications for cardiovascular disease, except antibiotics

Muscular Dystrophy

May give blood

Nursing a Baby

You may give blood while nursing an infant however, you must wait 6 weeks after delivery 

Needle Stick

One year deferral

Oral Surgery

You must wait 3 days after oral surgery before donating blood

Osteoporosis

May give blood

Pacemaker

To give blood you must meet the criteria for pulse, have no physical restrictions, be symptom free, and be on no medications except aspirin

Pheresis Donation

You must wait 3 days after doing pheresis before giving whole blood

Pneumonia

May give when fully recovered

Poison Ivy

You may give blood with poison ivy as long as the place where the needle will be inserted is not covered with rash

Propecia

Hair growth for men, can not donate for 4 weeks after last dose

Rheumatic Fever

May give if symptom free and meet criteria for valvular heart disease

Seizures

A seizure for any reason is cause for a 3 month deferral

Splenectomy

You may not give blood if you have had a splenectomy for any reason other than a trauma or rupture

Stroke

You may give blood after 1 year if you don't have any restrictions on physical activity, are not taking any medication except aspirin, and are now completely symptom free

Surgery

You may give blood after recent surgery if:
Any sutures are dissolved or removed and the wound is healed
You have resumed normal activity and have no physical restrictions
You surgery was NOT related to cancer.  If so see "cancer"
If you were given blood that was not your own during the surgery, you must wait 1 year to donate blood

Syphilis

You must wait 1 year after being treated

Sty

May give blood

Tattoos

You must wait 1 year after getting a tattoo

Tourettes Syndrome

May give blood if you have control of arm from which blood will be drawn

Toxic Shock

May give blood if symptom free

Tick Bites

May give blood

Tuberculosis

There is a temporary deferral until fully recovered from the acute disease and course of therapy has been completed
If the PPD skin test is positive, you may still donate

Ulcers

May give if symptom free

Weight

Must be 110 pounds to donate
 

This page is created by Joseph A. Forrester of Phi Gamma Nu.
Copyright 1999 [EIU Blood Drive Committee]. All rights reserved.
Revised: April 12, 2000 .