Although there is a constant need for blood donations, not everyone is eligible to donate blood in the United States.


According to the Mayo Clinic, because of some risks associated with blood, anyone who fits any of the following criteria is not allowed to donate blood:


  • Anyone who has ever used injection drugs not prescribe by a physician
  • Men who have had sexual contact with other men since 1977
  • Anyone who has ever received clotting factor concentrates
  • Anyone with a positive test for HIV
  • Men and women who have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977
  • Anyone who has had hepatitis since his or her 11th birthday
  • Anyone who has had babesiosis or Chagas' disease
  • Anyone who has taken etretinate (Tegison) for psoriasis
  • Anyone who has risk factors for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) or who has a blood relative with CJD
  • Anyone who spent three months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980 through 1996
  • Anyone who received a blood transfusion in the United Kingdom or France from 1980 to the present
  • Anyone who has spent five years in Europe from 1980 to the present