FDA Donor Eligibility Update

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made changes to blood donation criteria that may make it possible for people previously deferred to give the gift of life!

LifeStream adjusted blood donation deferral periods as indicated below, effective September 12, 2022.

DeferralFormer Deferral PeriodDeferral Period Effective 7/20/20 Deferral Period Effective 9/12/22
Blood transfusion, transplant, graft, contact with someone else’s blood, accidental needle-stick1 year3 months3 months

Sexual contact:

  • with anyone who has HIV/AIDS or has had a positive test for the HIV/AIDS virus
  • with a prostitute or anyone else who takes money or drugs or other payment for sex
  • with anyone who has ever used needles to take drugs or steroids, or anything not prescribed by their doctor
  • 1 year3 months3 months

    Sexual contact:

    • Male donors: with another male
    • Female donors: with a male who had sexual contact with another male
    1 year3 months3 months
    Tattoo not applied by a state regulated entity with sterile needles and non-reused ink1 year3 months3 months
    Ear or body piercing (non-sterile needles were used)1 year3 months3 months
    Treated for syphilis or gonorrhea1 year3 months3 months
    Used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by your doctorPermanent3 months3 months
    Received money, drugs, or other payment for sexPermanent3 months3 months
    Those who traveled to malaria-endemic areas1 year3 months3 months
    Injection of Bovine (from cows) InsulinPermanentNo deferralNo deferral
    U.S. military bases in EuropePermanent (From 1980 through 1996)No deferralNo deferral

    Traveled to the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe for extended periods of time

    PermanentPermanentNo deferral

    Ready to give blood?

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