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All blood donors must meet Massachusetts General Hospital’s eligibility requirements to donate whole blood, platelets or red blood cells. Donors must complete a questionnaire, which includes health and lifestyle questions, at their blood donation appointment to determine eligibility.
Individuals who have had a positive test for HIV/AIDS or who have been at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS are permanently deferred from blood donation.
The following risk factors require a permanent deferral:
The following risk factors require a 12-month deferral from the date of occurrence:
In addition to the eligibility guidelines for blood donations, platelet donors must:
In addition to the eligibility guidelines for blood donations, double red blood cell donors must meet specific height and weight requirements:
For more in depth eligibility guidelines please click here (PDF)
For additional questions or clarification, please contact us at 617-726-8177.
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