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More blood donation regulations

Blood safety rules require that individuals may not donate if they have:
  • Been exposed to the hepatitis or AIDS viruses.
  • Had a major illness or surgery in past year.
  • Had body piercing or a tattoo in the past year. Donating after body piercing or a tattoo is acceptable if the Garth Englund Blood Donation Center has a letter from your tattoo or piercing artist on file stating they use sterile-needle standards.
  • If you have given birth, had a miscarriage or abortion in the past six weeks, or are currently pregnant.
  • Been to a malaria-risk country in the past year. If you've traveled to Mexico, check with us about donating; the rules have changed and there are fewer restrictions.
  • Lived in the United Kingdom and certain U.K. overseas possessions from 1980 to 1996 for periods of time that add up to a total of three months.
  • Received a blood transfusion in the United Kingdom since 1980.
  • Lived or worked on a U.S. military base in eight other European countries for periods of time that add up to a total of six months. The years of residence vary by country, but are either 1980 to 1990 or 1980 to 1996.
  • Lived or stayed in continental Europe between 1980 and 1996 for periods of time that add up to a total of five years.


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