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Ready to Give Blood?

To ensure the safety and reliability of the blood supply as well as the comfort and safety of the generous donors who give, Community Blood Bank provides guidelines eligibility for blood donation, incorporating regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American Association of Blood Banks and the Center for Disease Control. While some restrictions may temporarily defer you from making a blood donation, we encourage you to find out more.

To verify eligibility or for detailed information about safety restrictions governing blood donations, please contact Community Blood Bank by calling 605-331-3222 or log onto www.cbblifeblood.org prior to making an appointment. If you have questions about recent travel medications you are taking or a current medical condition we are here to help.

Please note (Valid as of October 26, 2020):

To protect our staff and donors amid the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Community Blood Bank is asking donors to self-screen before coming in to donate. Please do not present to donate if you:

  • have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • have had a positive COVID-19 diagnostic test (nasal swab test) in the last 14 days
  • are currently on self-quarantine restrictions

All donors, visitors, and staff are required to wear a face mask or face covering. When presenting to donate, donors are asked to bring a face mask or face covering.

If you have donated recently and you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or you test positive for COVID-19, please contact us at 605-331-3222.

Donating blood is safe and convenient when you are:

  • In good health
  • 17 years or older – 16 with written parental consent
  • At least 110 pounds
  • Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu

Restrictions

  • Medical-related restrictions may include: uncontrolled hypertension; recent history of cancer, leukemia, or lymphoma; as well as risk of exposure to hepatitis, HIV, or AIDS; etc.
  • International travel may temporarily or permanently defer you from donating if you have:
    • Traveled to areas endemic for malaria
    • Lived in a malaria-endemic area
    • Spent 5 years or more in France and/or Ireland from 1980-2001
    • Spent 3 months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980-1996
  • There is a 3-month deferral period for men who have had secx with other men, starting from the last date of sexual contact
  • Do not donate blood if you have AIDS, have ever had a positive HIV test, or are at risk for HIV/AIDS
  • There is no deferral from blood donation after getting a tattoo or body piercing from a licensed establishment (the previous 7-day deferral has been removed as of December 2019)