Here is some additional information regarding common conditions, etc, that raise questions for prospective donors:
The following criteria may affect your ability to donate and result in a temporary deferral:
Tattoo/Body Piercing – these are acceptable if sterile technique was used in a licensed facility in Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky. If done in any other manner, you must wait 12 months after the procedure was performed.
Allergies – You may not donate until 6 hours after your allergy shot.
Heart Disease* – Evaluated on an individual basis.
Travel* – If traveling to a known malarial zone, you must wait one year. If you lived in a known malarial zone, you must wait 3 years after immigrating to the U.S.
You may donate if you are taking the following medications:
Aspirin – platelet donors must wait 48 hours after ingestion.
Birth Control Pills
Blood Pressure Medication — provided your blood pressure is under control.
Antibiotics — 24 hours after the last oral dose is taken and you are symptom free.
Diabetes Medication – Oral medication is acceptable. Insulin dependent diabetics may donate provided they have not used beef-source insulin since Jan. 1, 1980.
Heart Disease Related Medications*