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.

84 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

    • Baba boy January 12, 2018, 10:37 am

      no you cant

    • machhy April 14, 2018, 12:03 pm

      d) Typhoid – 12 months after recovery

  • 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?

    • machhy April 14, 2018, 12:07 pm

      Deferment of Blood Donation – When can/should you delay

      Breast feeding – 12 months after delivery

      temperature and Pulse of the donor shud be normal

      the systolic and diastolic blood pressures shud be within normal limits without medication;

  • 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

    • machhy April 14, 2018, 12:08 pm

      The donors shall fulfill the following requirements, namely :-
      (a) the donor shall be in the age group of 18 to 60 years.

  • 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 ….

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    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

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  • mohit March 4, 2015, 8:05 am

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  • 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?

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  • 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

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

  • sid October 20, 2015, 8:38 am

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  • chaitanya July 19, 2016, 3:19 pm

    I use to do smoking. can i donate blood if i can what are the precaution to be taken

  • Nonnu July 26, 2016, 9:57 am

    I have periods but now I am fine.can I donte blood?

  • Pavan August 21, 2016, 11:38 am

    I’m 17 and perfectly fit can I donate blood 2 months before I turn 18

  • Shriansh September 13, 2016, 4:45 pm

    Iam 59.60kg and my height is 6,4ft can i donate blood…..iam very thiny guy…

  • Rajesh September 16, 2016, 7:41 am

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  • Anandita January 4, 2017, 6:09 pm

    Hi, i got inked 3 years back, can i donate blood?

  • lakshmi January 18, 2017, 5:53 am

    Yes Anandita you can donate blood. You have to wait atleast 12 months after you got inked because bloodborne diseases may spread by needles and 12-month deferral period is thought to be enough time for any bloodborne disease to surface so we can be aware of it before donating.

  • Chirag February 22, 2017, 6:34 pm

    I am having a tattoo which is 11 months so just want to know , am i allowed to donate blood as in our college we are going to have blood donation camp.

  • sai February 26, 2017, 8:13 am

    what happens when a person who is 17 years old donate blood

  • pallav kumar March 9, 2017, 2:37 am

    I am 24 year old hight 5’7″ wt 60 kg…can i donate blood….plzz reply soon

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    Here are Some Side effects Please this is not for demotivate you. Its only for Knowledge & help : Notice a raised bump, continued bleeding or pain at the needle-stick site when you remove the bandage. Feel pain or tingling down your arm, into your fingers. Become ill with signs and symptoms of a cold or flu, such as fever, headache or sore throat, within four days after your blood donation.

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  • ani August 10, 2017, 5:11 pm

    Can I Donate blood in the day of my 18th birthday…… is my dream to donate my blood in my 18th birthay

  • Varooni Tikku August 31, 2017, 6:13 pm

    Hey, I’m 19 years old and I got a tattoo in July and for my 20th birthday which is in December, I wanted to donate blood.. But it’ll just be 5 months from me getting the tattoo. Can someone tell me if I can donate blood or not? Or should I wait till January?

  • rakesh gowda September 10, 2017, 3:40 pm

    i have small tatto on my left hand plam can donet blood

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  • Shaurya October 30, 2017, 5:03 am

    I’m 17 years old and in just 2 months or so I’ll be 18 so is it possible to donate my blood?

  • Garima November 8, 2017, 12:50 pm

    I am 19,and 38kgs…Can I donate blood?

  • Dipesh November 23, 2017, 1:14 pm

    I am 18 years old and I have donated blood once before 18.Will I have any drawbacks?

  • Lucinda January 4, 2018, 4:27 pm

    I’m diagnosed with schizophrenia, I’m under medication.can I ever donate blood in future when my medication is stopped?

  • Ayan Mondal February 10, 2018, 1:04 am

    Can I donate blood after drinking liquor within the past two days????

  • Shammas March 20, 2018, 8:24 am

    My body is waight 65
    .my age 29 ..eny problam me donat blood

  • unnati April 6, 2018, 6:07 am

    I am 28 years old & my weight is 45 kgs and height is 5’2 haemoglobin is 13 ml, can i donate blood? reply soon

  • unnati April 6, 2018, 6:12 am

    i am 28 years old,height is 5’2,weight is 45 kgs, haemoglobin is 12.50 ml,can i donate blood, please answer quickly!

  • Sujoy April 14, 2018, 4:43 pm

    I am going to be 18 years old at 29th April. Can I give blood?? It’s urgent

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  • Sarah June 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

    I am currently 17 years old and will turn 18 this October but I wanted to donate my blood by this month ( June) is it possible to do so and if yes then which hospital

  • Niranjan Brahma June 12, 2018, 7:06 am

    Can a treated & cured leprosy patient donate blood?

  • Archana June 23, 2018, 7:11 am

    Hi, I am female thus I am taking medicine for irregular periods .am I eligible for blood donation

  • Glen August 4, 2018, 6:22 am

    I was diagnosed with TB 8 years back have taken proper medications and am healthy now without any health issues . Can i donate blood

  • vivek September 11, 2018, 3:42 pm

    Hi.iam 21 years old .

    my reason is to donate blood
    I had taken alcohol cigarette
    I can donate blood now

  • Arizul Shaikh December 3, 2018, 2:53 pm

    Sir just now I had a famosid 40 and saridon, after howmany hours can I donate blood. Or can I donate now?

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  • Shanmugadevi February 10, 2019, 5:59 am

    I had tb 9 years back can I donate blood?

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    I really wanted to donate blood but HB wasless than 12.5 In India women generally don’t have high hb. If the range for women is low ,more blood could be collected

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