To give blood, donors must:
Blood can be donated every eight weeks. Platelets can be donated every two weeks. Double red-cell donations can be made every 16 weeks.
Potential donors may be temporarily or permanently ineligible to donate because of issues related to their medical history or travel to some countries (see below).
If you are unsure of your eligibility, please call the Blood Donor Center at (910)615-LIFE (615-5433).
If you had been previously deferred by our donor center from giving blood for risks associated with malaria and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also known as mad cow disease, you may be eligible today based on updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.
You can be exposed to malaria through travel and travel in some areas can sometimes defer donors. If you have traveled outside of the United States and Canada, your travel destinations will be reviewed at the time of donation. If you have traveled in the past three months or lived in the past three years where malaria is endemic, you may be deferred from giving.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), are infectious diseases that may be transmitted through a blood transfusion. There are no tests to detect these diseases in blood, which is why the FDA mandates special precautions to protect the blood supply. In alignment with new FDA guidelines, the Blood Donor Center will keep in place permanent vCJD-related deferrals for the following individuals:
In alignment with new FDA guidelines due to the extremely low risk for transmission, the following donors will no longer be permanently deferred:
For more information, please call the Blood Donor Center at (910)615-LIFE (615-5433).
The Blood Donor Center is open for donations Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.