Desert Pigs Blood Drives

Next:

North Reno Blood Drive
Sunday, December 12


Yerington Blood Drive
Sunday, December 19


Are you eligible for donation?

Most health conditions are acceptable and you may be eligible to donate if you meet all other requirements. If you have any questions, please call 877-258-4825, option 1, or you may ask the donor care specialist at the time of your donation.

Medication Deferral List (PDF)

Breastfeeding

Female donors who are breastfeeding are eligible to donate.

Cancer

If you have a history of basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, or in situ breast or cervix cancer, you are eligible to donate once you’ve completed your treatment. Those with lymphoma or leukemia are permanently deferred from donating blood (however, eligibility criteria for adult survivors of childhood leukemia who were diagnosed when they were 18 years old or younger may vary). All other types of cancer will be assessed at the time of donation, but 12 months must have passed since the last treatment and you must be considered cancer free at the time of donation.

Colds/Flu

You are not eligible if you are not feeling well and healthy the day of donation. You may donate after you recover and are symptom free.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes (type I or II), you are eligible to donate. Diabetics who ever used bovine insulin and were permanently deferred from giving blood are encouraged to complete this form to initiate possible reinstatement based on updated FDA eligibility guidelines.

Heart Disease

If you have a history of heart disease or heart attacks, you may be eligible to donate provided 6 months have elapsed from the incident and other specific criteria have been met. Please contact us for additional information.

Hemochromatosis/Polycythemia

If you are diagnosed with hereditary hemochromatosis or polycythemia, please check with us first.

High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you are eligible to donate if your blood pressure is within an acceptable range when taken on the day of donation, regardless of medication.

Pregnant

If you are pregnant or have been pregnant in the last 6 weeks, you are not eligible to donate.

Transfusion/Transplants

If you have received a blood transfusion or specific transplants or grafts, you are asked to wait 3 months before donating; however, eligibility for those who have received a stem cell or marrow transplant is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Tattoos/Permanent Make-up/Micro-blading

These are acceptable and the donor is not deferred if the tattoo, permanent make-up or micro-blading was performed in a state-regulated shop, using sterile needles and single-use ink.

If you got a tattoo, permanent make-up or micro-blading in one of the following states/cities, we’ll ask you to wait 3 months from the date it was applied before giving blood:

    • Connecticut
    • Georgia
    • Idaho
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • New Hampshire
    • New York
    • Pennsylvania
    • Utah
    • Wyoming
    • Washington, D.C.

Ear/Body Piercing/Branding

You are eligible to donate if a piercing or branding was performed using single-use equipment. Otherwise, we’ll ask you to wait 3 months before donating. Note: Piercings done at Claire’s stores and similar establishments are acceptable.

Acupuncture/Dry-needling

You are eligible if the procedure was performed using single-use equipment. Otherwise, we’ll ask you to wait 3 months before donating.

The following risk behaviors represent a 3-month deferral for the donor from the date of occurrence:

  • Male donors who have sex with another man in the past 3 months
  • Female donors who have sex with a man who had sex with another man in the past 3 months
  • Intimate/sexual contact with any person in the past 3 months in exchange for money or drugs
  • Use of needles to take drugs, steroids or anything not prescribed by your doctor in the past 3 months
  • Individuals who had sex in the past 3 months with a person who has ever exchanged sex for money or drugs, or ever used needles to take drugs, steroids or anything not prescribed by their doctor
  • Accidental contact with another person’s blood or an accidental needle stick in the past 3 months
  • A history or treatment of syphilis or gonorrhea in the past 3 months

Individuals who are incarcerated for more than 72 consecutive hours will be deferred from giving blood for 12 months.

If you have any questions, please call 877-258-4825, option 1