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
7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday - Friday
7:30am - 5:00pm
NIH Donor Center
At Fishers Lane
Rm 1S02, MSC 9415
5625 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20852
- About Us
- About Donating Blood
- Make an Appointment
- Types of Blood Donations
- Can I Donate If...?
- After Donating Blood
- Iron and Blood Donation
- How to Find Us
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?
- 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 or jaundice after age 11||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)||can donate|
|Surgery, with transfusion||1-year wait|
|Measles (rubella); measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); chicken pox (varicella)||1-month wait|
|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|
|Travel outside the United States or Canada||Contact us|
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This page last updated on 06/02/2017