Are you qualified to donate blood?

Blood donation is a noble life-saving act that has no equal. It is an honour to be able to donate blood as you play a part in saving someone’s life or improving their health condition. Donating blood is a great way to help a fellow human being. But there may be reasons wherein you will be denied of an opportunity to donate blood.

Read about blood donors and check if you or someone you know are legally and medically qualified to donate blood.

Who is a donor?
According to Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (India), a donor means a person who voluntarily donates blood after he has been declared fit after a medical examination, for donating blood, on fulfilling the criteria given hereinafter, without accepting in return any consideration in cash or kind from any source, but does not include a professional or a paid donor.

General Qualification of a Blood Donor
No person shall donate blood and no blood bank shall draw blood from a person, more than once in three months. The donor shall be in good health, mentally alert and physically fit and shall not be inmates of jail, persons having multiple sex partners and drug-addicts.

The donors shall fulfill the following requirements, namely :-
(a) the donor shall be in the age group of 18 to 60 years.
(b) the donor shall not be less than 45 kilograms;
(c) temperature and Pulse of the donor shall be normal;
(d) the systolic and diastolic blood pressures are within normal limits without medication;
(e) haemoglobin which shall not be less than 12.5 grams;
(f) the donor shall be free from acute respiratory diseases;
(g) the donor shall be free from any skin diseases at the site of phlebotomy ;
(h) the donor shall be free from any disease transmissible by blood transfusion, insofar as can be determined by history and examination indicated above;
(i) the arms and forearms of the donor shall be free from skin punctures or scars indicative of professional blood donors or addiction of self injected narcotics

Additional Qualifications of a Blood Donor
No person shall donate blood, and no blood bank shall draw blood from a donor, in the conditions mentioned below:

Deferment of Blood Donation – When can/should you delay
(a) Abortions – 6 months
(b) History of Blood transfusion – 6 months
(c) Surgery – 12 months
(d) Typhoid – 12 months after recovery
(e) History of Malaria and duly treated – 3 months (endemic) and 3 years (non endemic area)
(f) Tattoo – 6 months
(h) Breast feeding – 12 months after delivery
(i) Immunization (Cholera, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Plague, Gammaglobulin) – 15 days
(j) Rabies vaccination – 1 year after vaccination
(k) History of Hepatitis in family or close contact – 12 months
(l) Immunoglobulin – 12 months.

No person shall donate blood and no brood bank shall draw blood from a person, suffering from any of the diseases mentioned below, namely:
a. Cancer
b. Heart disease
c. Abnormal bleeding tendencies
d. Unexplained weight loss
e. Diabetes-controlled on Insulin
f. Hepatitis infection
g. Chronic nephritis
h. Signs and symptoms, suggestive of AIDS
i. Liver disease
j. Tuberculosis
k. Polycythemia Vera
l. Asthma
m. Epilepsy
n. Leprosy
o. Schizophrenia
p. Endocrine disorders


For more information on the above and other guidelines related to blood donation, please visit:
Central Drugs Standard Control Organization
Directorate General of Health Services,
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,
Government of India

FDA Bhavan, ITO, Kotla Road, New Delhi -110002
Phone: 91-11-23236965 / 23236975
Fax: 91-11-23236973

Always remember to donate blood – for someone is in dire need of it.
Be safe. Cause no harm. Just do it legally.

20 comments… add one

  • Rajneesh May 21, 2012, 6:27 pm

    I have been attacked by Typhoind 3 months back.
    Can I donate Blood in future?

    • rishikesh April 10, 2015, 7:09 am

      No, you can’t donate blood

  • Ago December 16, 2012, 10:41 pm

    I delivered through cs 6mths back and hypertensive but on medication now. When can i donate blood in the future?

  • jashan February 17, 2013, 2:50 pm

    Sir, i am 17 years old , can i donate blood ?

    • rishikesh April 10, 2015, 7:10 am

      You should donate blood only after you turn 18 years of age

  • law_ton June 12, 2013, 2:29 pm

    I have a friend who has tattoos all the way up both forearms he says he can’t give blood he was told he couldnt give blood anymore because of that.. could that be possible. And if so I understand. I just want to know was he telling the truth.

  • Hari Bharat August 22, 2013, 8:56 am

    for any patient blood donation or getting blood when they need is like god gift…for me blood donation is like getting from person blessing ….

  • Prachi Tyagi July 9, 2014, 6:10 am

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  • John Peter August 20, 2014, 11:41 am

    I have a follower WHO has tattoos all the far each forearms he says he can’t provide blood he was told he couldnt provide blood any longer as a result of that

  • Adhin gopuj December 29, 2014, 3:46 pm

    I am 17 years old and I would like to donate my blood.can I donate my blood at this age.please reply to my email.

  • mohit March 4, 2015, 8:05 am

    i had sex 1 month back and currently have molluscum contagium skin wart near pubic area, however i have tested negative for HIV VDRL etc….

    Can i donate blood now ?

    Its urgent can someone tell me on this?

    • Dr Shihab March 28, 2015, 5:41 am

      Please don’t donate blood for atleast 6 months and repeat your tests.

  • Sumit Chopra April 29, 2015, 10:38 am

    Thank you for sharing your valuable information.this information very useful for everyone.

  • Devendra Singh May 5, 2015, 4:37 pm

    This post making us very educated about the eligibility of blood donation, and this blog also motivate us to donate blood to save someone’s live.

  • Pritish May 25, 2015, 11:15 am

    Can i donate a blood after two months (56 days); If am not feeling tired or weak after blood donation?

  • Sunny Sharma June 8, 2015, 11:56 am

    Great post! These are very helpful information to come over from myths related to donating blood.

  • r.Srinivasan June 11, 2015, 6:18 am

    I had been a regular donor and have donated 64 times from my college days (once in 3 months compulsorily). I stopped giving after i was diagnosed as diabetic. I have been taking medicine regularly (not using insulin or used insulin any time). I read an article recently that if you are a type II diabetic, you can donate blood. Is it true. I am now 59 years old and would continue to donate for a noble cause.

  • Shiv June 20, 2015, 8:37 am

    I am 21 years old and have vitiligo, can I donate blood?

  • manogna July 8, 2015, 5:36 am

    sir i am soon to b 18 in 2 months … can i donate blood ?

  • manogna July 8, 2015, 5:37 am

    sir i am soon to b 18 in 2 months … can i donate blood as it is an emergency ?


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