What is a special present that could come only from you? You may not have thought of this: The greatest gift you can give another human is, literally, life. Donating blood even once can help save the lives of three people -- whether they're newborns needing heart surgery, adults badly injured in car crashes, or people of any age suffering from cancer.
If you already donate, you probably know how important it is. If you don't donate, you're hardly alone. While 60% of Americans are eligible to give...
Your blood pressure is too high. Your blood pressure will be checked before you donate.
You take certain medicines.
You have certain health problems.
You had a recent needlestick or got a tattoo or piercing.
Having a long-term illness, such as diabetes, doesn't mean you can't donate. You may be able to give blood if your health problem is under control. But you shouldn't donate blood if you feel like you're getting a cold or the flu.
Before you donate, a health professional will ask about your current and past health to make sure that you can donate. Some of these questions are very personal, so you will be asked them in private. You will be asked these questions every time you give blood, because the list of who can give blood may change, or your health may change.