Donor Qualifications

Who can help save local lives?

To donate blood, you must be 16 years old or older and weigh at least 120 pounds.  To donate platelets, you must be 16 years old or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. All 16 year olds must have a signed CBCC parental permission form to donate.

How often can I donate?

Platelets can be donated every 14 days, and whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Donors who give blood may donate platelets 56 days after a whole blood donation. After a platelet donation, a donor will continue to have a 28 day deferral period before they can give whole blood again.

Can I donate blood today?

In addition to the basic requirements of being in good health, weighing at least 120 pounds and being at least 16 years old (16 year olds donating in SC must have signed parental consent), there are other factors that may affect your ability to donate. Below is a list of some common conditions and how they relate to blood donation. This list is not all-inclusive. Some health conditions, medications, and other factors may require further evaluation by CBCC staff. Please call Community Blood Center of the Carolinas at 704-972-4700 if you have any questions about blood donation or your ability to give.

Allergies: You can donate if allergies are under control with no symptoms.
Antibiotics for infections: Antibiotics course is completed at least 24 hours prior to donation and you are symptom free.
Apheresis donation: Wait 56 days between donations.
Athletics: You should avoid strenuous activities for at least 3 - 5 hours after donating.
Blood transfusions: Wait one year.
Cold, flu, sore throat, fever: Wait until you are feeling better.
Cancer Survivor: Some cancer survivors may donate blood. Please call CBCC, 704-972-4700, for more information.
Dental visit: Wait 72 hours after major dental work. There is no wait after a routine cleaning or filling.
Diabetic on insulin: Acceptable.

Ear or skin piercing: No deferral if pierced using single-use/disposable equipment.
Piercing by any other method: Wait one year.
Hepatitis A, B or C contact: Wait one year.
Iron level low: Wait until iron level is up. Will be checked when you next come to donate.*
Malaria: Visited or lived in a malaria zone - wait one year.
Immigrated from country in malaria zone: Wait 3 years.
Meals: You should not skip meals prior to donating blood.
Menstrual cycle: You can donate during your menstrual cycle.
Mononucleosis: Wait for release from doctor's care.
Pregnancy: Wait six weeks after delivery, or one year if delivery required blood transfusion.
Sexually transmitted diseases: Chlamydia, genital herpes, trichmoniasis and venereal warts - acceptable if no symptoms.
Syphilis and gonorrhea: Wait one year after completion of therapy.
Surgery: Wait for release from doctor's care if you did not receive any blood products. If you received blood, wait one year from date of transfusion.
Tattoo: There is no deferral for tattoos done at a licensed facility with a single use needle.

* Iron rich foods can quickly restore the blood's iron level. They include chicken, clams, dates, dried apricots, dried beans or peas, dried peaches, dried prunes or prune juice, eggs, enriched and whole grain breads, ham, iron-fortified cereal, liver, lean beef or pork, molasses (blackstrap), oysters, raisins, sardines, scallops, shrimp, tuna, veal and wheat germ.

You should not donate blood if you:

  • Have had hepatitis after age 10
  • Have had heart disease with permanent damage
  • Have a history of drug addiction
  • Have had certain types of cancer
  • Have tested positive for HIV/AIDS

Please do not donate blood for the purpose of getting an AIDS test. There are anonymous testing sites that will test your blood for AIDS. For more information, please call 704-336-6400.