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 July 20, 2020.

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

    Sexual contact:

    • Male donors: with another male
    • Female donors: with a male who had sexual contact with another male
    1 year3 months
    Tattoo not applied by a state regulated entity with sterile needles and non-reused ink1 year3 months
    Ear or body piercing (non-sterile needles were used)1 year3 months
    Treated for syphilis or gonorrhea1 year3 months
    Used needles to take drugs, steroids, or anything not prescribed by your doctorPermanent3 months
    Received money, drugs, or other payment for sexPermanent3 months
    Those who traveled to malaria-endemic areas1 year3 months
    Injection of Bovine (from cows) InsulinPermanentNo deferral
    U.S. military bases in EuropePermanent (From 1980 through 1996)No deferral
    Spent 5 years or more in EuropePermanent (From 1980 to the present) (Europe)Permanent (From 1980 through 2001) (France or Ireland ONLY)

    Ready to give blood?

    To make an appointment, click below, call 800.879.4484 or download the LifeStream mobile app! Appointments are recommended, walk-ins are welcome.

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