General Eligibility Requirements

Individuals who want to donate whole blood must be:

  • Be at least 17 years old (16 with signed parent/guardian consent form. Call 317-916-5150 to obtain this form).
  • Be healthy and feel well
  • Provide valid photo identification
  • Pass a mini-physical and health history screening
  • Allow 60 minutes (includes registration, screening, mini-physical, donation, and post-donation snack)
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds (refer to chart below for special weight requirements for donors aged 16-18)

Donors who are 16, 17, or 18 years old must meet the minimum height and weight requirements indicated by this chart.


Donations may be temporarily postponed for the following reasons:

  • If within the last 12 months, you have traveled to a malaria risk area.
  • If within the last 12 months, you have had a transfusion (except self-donated).
  • If within the last 12 months, you have had acupuncture, electrolysis or skin piercing by an unapproved method.
  • If you have had a tattoo in a regulated facility that has not healed.
  • If within the last 12 months, you have had a tattoo in an unregulated facility or by an unapproved method.
  • If within the last 12 months, you have had sexual contact with, or reside(d) with someone having Hepatitis B or C.

Other reasons your donation will be temporarily postponed:

  • If you have an active allergy or active hay fever on the day of your donation.
  • If you are pregnant or it has not been six weeks since the end of your pregnancy.
  • If you have had certain cancers in the last year.

Most medications will not necessarily prevent you from donating!

  • Examples of acceptable medications: antibiotics for acne, hormones, birth control pills, thyroid medication, and blood pressure medication.
  • Donors who have been off the following medications for the length of time indicated can be accepted: antibiotics for infection (day after last dose and infection resolved); Accutane, Propecia, Proscar (all 1 month); Avodart (6 months); Soriatane (3 years).
  • Do not stop taking any medication without your doctor's approval.

You cannot donate if:

  • You are in a high risk group for exposure to the AIDS virus.
  • You have had Hepatitis B or C.
  • You have ever had syphilis.
  • You have ever taken Tegison.
  • You have ever injected illegal drugs.

Donation Intervals:

  • Whole Blood: Every 56 days
  • Platelets: Every 7 days
  • Double Red Cells: Every 112 days


A stable blood supply relies on an active, engaged donor base. Please do not self-defer. If you believe one of the above requirements eliminates you, learn more in one of three easy ways.

  1. Review the FAQs. Chances are that your question has already been asked and answered.
  2. If you do not see your specific question addressed in the FAQs, and you are able to wait up to 24 hours for a response, ask a question and an Indiana Blood Center representative will be in touch.
  3. Call our donor contact center at (317) 916-5150 or (800) 632-4722 ext. 5150.

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