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Meet the requirements and save lives

Blood donors come in all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. One thing they all have in common is that they meet the basic requirements to donate blood.

At the time of donation, blood donors must:

1. Be in good health
2. Be 16 years of age or older (16-17 year olds can donate with a signed BBH parent/legal guardian consent form)
3. Weigh at least 110 pounds*
4. Have photo identification with birth date

*See table for additional requirements.

 

 

Additional height/weight requirements apply for female donors 16-18 years old
Females who are: 4' 10" 4' 11" 5' 0" 5' 1" 5' 2" 5' 3"  5' 4" 5' 5"
Must weight at least (lb) 146 142 138 133 129 124 120 115

Can you give blood? It's easy to find out

Not everyone who wants to donate can. Some health conditions, locations of travel, medications or situations may temporarily or permanently prevent a person from donating blood.

Safety of the donor and safety of the recipient are the highest priority for Blood Bank of Hawaii. We strictly adhere to the regulations of the Food and Drug Administration and the standards set forth by AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) when determining donor eligibility.

 

Following are some guidelines to help you determine if you are eligible. If you have questions about eligibility, please call our medical team at (808) 848-4745.

General Eligibility

You are able to donate if you have:
  • Diabetes
  • Menstruation
  • Surgery without transfusion
You are unable to donate if you have:
  • AIDS or have ever engaged in high-risk activities including
    • Male to male sex in the past year
    • Intravenous drugs use
  • Cold or flu
  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Pregnancy – 6 week wait
  • Surgery with transfusion of blood or blood components – 1 year wait

 

Tattoos

You are able to donate if you: You are unable to donate if you recently had:
  • Your tattoo was done in an unlicensed or unregulated tattoo shop or if you had a traditional Hawaiian or Polynesian tattoo done with reusable bone needles

  

Cancer (including melanoma)

You are able to donate if you have:

For one year or more:

  • Have completed treatment
  • Had no recurrence
  • Are cancer-free
You are unable to donate if you have:
  • Been diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma

 

Heart Conditions or Stroke

You are able to donate if you have:
  • Been seen by a physician
  • At least 3 months with no symptoms
  • No activity restrictions
You are unable to donate if you have:
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Implantable defibrillator

 

Lung Conditions

You are able to donate if you have:
  • No symptoms and are feeling well on the day of donation
You are unable to donate if you have:
  • Symptomatic emphysema
  • Asthma symptoms on day of donation

 

Autoimmune Disorders

You are able to donate if you have:
  • No symptoms
You are unable to donate if you have:
  • Symptoms and not feeling well

 

Medication

You are able to donate if you are taking the following medications:
  • Allergy
  • Diuretics
  • Diet pills
  • Sleeping pills
  • Tranquilizers
  • Aspirin or Tylenol
  • Birth control pills
  • Blood pressure medication
You are unable to donate if you are taking the following medications:
  • Antibiotics (oral or injectable)  - 1 day wait from last dose
  • Blood thinners
  • Proscar and Propecia
  • Avodart
  • Accutane

For the complete medication deferral list, click below

Complete medication deferral list

 

 

Vaccinations

You are able to donate if you had the following vaccinations:
  • Flu vaccine
You are unable to donate if you recently had the following vaccinations:
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella  – 28 day wait
  • Hepatitis B – 2 week wait

 

Piercings/Brandings

You are able to donate if you had:
  • Professionally done ear or body piercings/brandings using sterile technique, new jewelry, and/or the gun method.
You are unable to donate if you had:
  • Not professionally done - 1 year wait

 

Travel

You are able to donate if you have traveled:
  • Internationally in non-malarial destinations
You are unable to donate if you have traveled to:
  • Malarial areas determined by Center for Disease Control – 1 year wait
  • Please call and ask for more specific information.

 

Even if you can't donate, you can help save lives

We understand you may be disappointed if you aren't eligible to donate blood, whether the deferral period is temporary or permanent. Learn more about common reasons for and lengths of deferral.

Even if you're deferred, you can still help save lives. We encourage you to support Hawaii's patients and the need for blood in any of the following ways:

Volunteer - Get started by completing an application.

Host a blood drive - Learn more about Lifesaver Clubs.

Recruit an eligible donor to give blood on your behalf.