What To Know Before Donating

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    Stay Hydrated! Drink plenty of water before donating.

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    Eat Healthy! Eat a healthy meal before donating.

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    Be in good health! Don’t donate when you’re not feeling your best.

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    Identification. Please bring a valid drivers license.

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    No Children or Guests. Only donors are allowed on our donor buses and donation room. At centers, guests, including children, must wait in the waiting area.

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    Medications.  Know which medications you have taken recently.

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    Travel outside of the USA/Canada.  Know the dates/countries visited.

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    Check the Eligibility below for more information.

Thank you for your interest in donating blood. We ask that you do not assume you cannot donate because you are on medications, etc. Click the tabs below to learn about our eligibility. If you have additional questions, please call 865-524-3074. Click one of the links at the bottom of the page for additional information regarding medication, travel deferrals, or young donors.

Health

Medication

There is no deferral for these types of medications: Antidepressants, Analgesics, Antacids, Anti-asthmatics (steroid free), Anti-Fungal (External), Anti-histamines, Anti-Hypertensive (High Blood Pressure), Birth Control, Decongestants, Diet Pill, Diuretic, Tranquilizers, Topical Steroid, Vitamins.

Antibiotics: deferral is 24 hours after your last dose (must complete course as prescribed by doctor) and be symptom free.

Common Ailments

There is no deferral for these types of common ailments: Acid Reflux, Acne, Allergies, Arthritis-Osteo, Arthritis-Rheumatoid (if asymptomatic), diabetes (if controlled), High Blood Pressure, Psoriasis, Poison Ivy, Ringworm, Ulcerative Colitis (if asymptomatic), vaginal yeast infection.

Cold/Flu – 1 day deferral

Cancer

Skin (Basal Cell or Squamous Cell) – No deferral if completely excised and healed
Melanoma – 10 year deferral
Deep Tissue – 5 year deferral
Breast – 10 year deferral
Leukemia/Lymphoma – Indefinite deferral (Prior to age of 12 is 10 year deferral.)

Sexual Health

Herpes, HPV & Chlamydia – no deferral
Syphilis or Gonorrhea – 1 year deferral
HIV/AIDS – indefinite deferral

Hepatitis

Hepatitis since your 11th birthday – indefinite deferral
Household or sexual contact with a person who has hepatitis – 1 year deferral

Other

Accidental Needlestick – 1 year deferral
Surgical Blood Transfusion – 1 year deferral
Dental Cleaning/Filling – 24 hour deferral
Oral Surgery – 72 hour deferral
Mononucleosis – 1 month deferral
Stroke – 1 year deferral
Diabetes – no deferral
Heart Attack – May donate if at least one year has passed and donor is asymptomatic and has written approval from doctor.
Heart Murmur or MVP – no deferral if asymptomatic

Vaccinations

There is no deferral for these vaccines: Tetanus Booster, Flu (Shot or Mist), or Polio.

Hepatitis B – 3 week deferral
MMR – 4 week deferral

Meningitis – 1 day deferral
Zostavox (Shingles) – 4 week deferral
Anti-HPV – 1 day deferral

Women's Health

Pregnancy, Abortion, Miscarriage – 6 week deferral
RhoGAM – 6 week deferral
Birth Control – no deferral
Vaginal Yeast Infection – no deferral
Breast Cancer – 10 year deferral following therapy

Men's Health

Propecia (for baldness) – 30 day deferral
Men who have had sexual contact with another man since 1977 – 1 year deferral
Prostate Cancer – 5 year deferral following therapy
Testosterone Therapy – Varies. Call our center for specific information.

Travel

United Kingdom

Spent 3 months cumulatively from 1980-1996 – Indefinite deferral
Click here for specific information

Europe

Spent 5 years or more since 1980 – Indefinite deferral
Associated with U.S. Military in certain parts of Europe for 6 months between 1980-1996 – Indefinite deferral
Click here for specific information  

Visited Malaria Endemic Area

For more than 24 hours – 1-3 year deferral

Other

Acupuncture

Aseptic and performed by licensed acupuncturist or under direct M.D. supervision – no deferral

Drug Use

Injected drugs not prescribed by your doctor – indefinite deferral

Had sexual contact with someone who has injected drugs not prescribed by their doctor – 1 year deferral

Incarceration

Been incarcerated longer than 72 hours – 1 year deferral

Piercings

Ear (sterile gun) – no deferral
Body (performed by qualified personnel using single use equipment and aseptic technique) – no deferral

Sex

Received money or drugs in exchange for sex since 1977 – indefinite deferral

Tattoos

No deferral if performed using sterile equipment at licensed establishment in Tennessee or Kentucky
All other states or conditions – 1 year deferral

Young Donors

Consent Form

MEDIC requires any donor who is 16 to have parental consent to donate. Click here for young donor consent form.