We would like to thank our community of dedicated platelet and blood donors for support of our NIH Clinical Center patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our platelet donation web page for locations and updated hours of operation.
- About Us
- About Donating
- Make an Appointment
- Types of Donations
- Can I Donate If...?
- After Donating
- Iron and Blood Donation
- How to Find Us
Blood type needs change daily. If you are not sure of your next eligible donation date, please call the NIH Blood Bank at (301) 496-1048.
Walk-in donors are welcome Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 4:30pm.
NIH BLOOD BANK
Here is all the information you need to make a whole-blood or platelet donation:
Please contact us to ask questions about types of donations.
Am I Eligible to Donate?
- Are healthy
- Are at least 17 years of age
- Weigh at least 110 pounds.
The tables below address specific situations affecting donation eligibility. See Can I Donate If...? for more details about medical conditions and/or medications that could affect your eligibility to donate.
|Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), individuals at high risk and their partners||cannot donate|
|Colds and flu within 2 days||cannot donate|
|Diabetes, on or off medication and under control||can donate|
|Hepatitis B or C||cannot donate|
|Pregnancy, after delivery, miscarriage, abortion||6-week wait|
|Cancer, treatment complete and disease-free; most types||2-year wait|
|Surgery, without transfusion (except for autologous blood)||wait varies with procedure|
|Surgery, with transfusion||3-month wait|
|Measles (rubella); measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); chicken pox (varicella)||1-month wait|
|Hepatitis A or B||can donate|
|COVID-19 Vaccine||2-week wait|
|Other Possible Restrictions||Eligibility|
|Ear/Body piercing, sterile procedure/equipment used||can donate|
|Ear/Body piercing, nonsterile procedure/equipment used||3-month wait|
|Travel outside the United States or Canada||Contact us|
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This page last updated on 04/14/2021