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Are you a world traveler? Love tattoos? Currently taking medications? 

You may have a lot of questions about what it takes to save lives with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, and we’ve done our best to answer some of the questions we get most here.  

You can also stop by one of our Neighborhood Donor Centers or a mobile drive. Our phlebotomists are always ready and willing to help.  

Who can donate blood? 

Anyone who is age 17 or older may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals who are 16 years old may be eligible to donate with parental consent.  

You must bring a valid picture ID prior to donation. 

  • Donors age 19 and up must weigh at least 110 pounds. 
  • Donors age 16 to 18 must weigh 122 pounds. *16-year-old donors must have parental consent. 
  • Potential donors must be in general good health, without any cold or flu symptoms. 




What does it mean to be deferred? A donor is deferred when they don’t meet one or more eligibility criteria. It’s how long they must wait before being considered for donation again. For example, when you get a tattoo, you’ll be deferred for a week. That means you can donate blood one week after it was done 

Or you may receive an indefinite deferral, where you aren't able to donate blood unless federal regulations change in the future. We understand this isn’t what you want to hear, but you can still help us save lives. Follow us on social media and emphasize the importance of donating blood and/or volunteer to help us recruit donors.  

Note: One of the most common reasons a donor is deferred is because of low iron. Learn more here 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Have you traveled outside the US? Do you have a tattoo or piercing?  Are you taking medication? Have you had a shot, vaccination, or immunization? Have you recently had surgery or a skin graft?
Do you have a common ailment or illness?  Do you have a circulation or heart related condition? Have you had cancer? You don’t have Sickle Cell Anemia, but you carry the trait? So you have a sexually transmitted disease? 
Have you been in contact with someone who has hepatitis? Are you a man whose PSA is elevated?  Are you a man who has sexual contact with another man? Have you had sexual contact with a male who, in the past 12 months, has had sexual contact with another male? Are you taking Propecia for baldness?
Did you give birth? Did you have an abortion? Did you have a miscarriage? Are you taking fertility drugs?  Did you have a mammogram?
Have you been given RhoGam/Rhlg?  Do you have a yeast infection? Have you had sexual contact with a male who has used IV drugs in the past 12 months?    

*Not finding what you're looking for? Email Medical Services or fill out this form for further assistance. Your email will receive a response within 24 hours during regular business hours. Or give us a call at (713) 791-6608 or +1 (877) 482-5663 toll free


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