Who can/can't donate blood  

DOs and DONTs of Blood Donation

Let others benefit from your good health. Do donate blood if...

  • You are between age group of 18-60 years.
  • Your weight is 45 kgs or more.
  • Your haemoglobin is 12.5 gm% minimum.
  • Your last blood donation was 3 months earlier.
  • You are healthy and have not suffered from malaria, typhoid or other transmissible disease in the recent past.

There are many, many people who meet these parameters of health and fitness!

Do abide by our rules - be truthful about your health status!

We ensure the health of blood, before we take it, as well as after it is collected. Firstly, the donor is expected to be honest about his or her health history and current condition. Secondly, collected blood is tested for venereal diseases, hepatitis B & C and AIDS.
You have to be healthy to give 'safe blood'

Do not donate blood if you have any of these conditions

  • Cold / fever in the past 1 week.
  • Under treatment with antibiotics or any other medication.
  • Cardiac problems, hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes (on insulin therapy), history of cancer, chronic kidney or liver disease, bleeding tendencies, venereal disease etc.
  • Major surgery in the last 6 months.
  • Vaccination in the last 24 hours.
  • Had a miscarriage in the last 6 months or have been pregnant / lactating in the last one year.
  • Had fainting attacks during last donation.
  • Have regularly received treatment with blood products.
  • Shared a needle to inject drugs/ have history of drug addiction.
  • Had sexual relations with different partners or with a high risk individual.
  • Been tested positive for antibodies to HIV.
  • Malaria (within 1 year)
  • Hepatitis B, C *
  • Any other type of Jaundice (within 16 years)
  • AIDS
  • Tuberculosis (within 2 years)
  • Diabetes (are you under medication currently?)
  • Fits/ Convulsions (are you under medication currently?)
  • Cancer *
  • Leprosy or any other infectious diseases
  • Any allergies (Only if you are suffering from severe symptoms)
  • Hemophilia/ Bleeding problems *
  • Kidney disease *
  • Heart disease *
  • Chicken Pox (within 1 year)
  • Hormonal disorders *
  • Hemoglobin deficiency / Anemia (recently)
  • Drastic weight loss (recently)
  • Small Pox Vaccination (within the last 3weeks)
  • Blood Donation (within the last 3 months)
  • Blood Transfusion (within the last 6 months)
  • Major Surgery (within the last 3 months)
  • Pregnancy (within the last 6 months)
  • Organ Transplant (within one year)

Pregnancy and Menstrual Period

  • Females should not donate blood during pregnancy.
  • They can donate after 6 weeks following a normal delivery and when they are not breast feeding.
  • Females should not donate blood if they are having heavy menstrual flow or menstrual cramps.