DONATE BLOOD

Location:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blood Bank is located in the Clinical Center on the NIH campus at
10 Center Drive-MSC 1184
Building 10, Room 1C711
Bethesda, MD 20892-1184

Phone:
(301) 496-1048

Email:
nihbloodbank@mail.cc.nih.gov

Hours:
Monday
7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm

Donate Blood Now

DONATE PLATELETS

Location:
NIH Donor Center
At Fishers Lane
Rm 1S02, MSC 9415
5625 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20852

Phone:
(301) 496-4321

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NIH BLOOD BANK

About Donating Blood

Here is all the information you need to make a whole-blood or platelet donation:

Please contact us to ask questions about types of blood donations.

Am I Eligible to Donate?

You can donate blood if you:

  • 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.

Medical Condition Eligibility
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 or jaundice after age 11 cannot donate
Pregnancy cannot donate
Pregnancy, after delivery, miscarriage, abortion 6-week wait
Menstruation can donate
Cancer, treatment complete and disease-free; most types 2-year wait
   
Medical Procedures Eligibility
Surgery, without transfusion (except for autologous blood) can donate
Surgery, with transfusion 1-year wait
   
Vaccinations Eligibility
Measles (rubella); measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); chicken pox (varicella) 1-month wait     
Flu can donate
Hepatitis A or B can donate
   
Other Possible Restrictions Eligibility
Ear/Body piercing, sterile procedure/equipment used can donate
Ear/Body piercing, nonsterile procedure/equipment used 1-year wait
Tattooing 1-year wait
Travel outside the United States or Canada Contact us

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