Why Donate Blood?

You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason.

  • Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.
  • Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.
  • Some believe it is the right thing we do.

Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life.

But people should not donate blood if their lifestyles put them at risk for HIV, hepatitis B, malaria, or other infections that can be transmitted through blood.

These factors also bar you from giving blood:

  • You have had a recent tattoo.
  • You or someone in your family has or had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
  • You had an injection of beef insulin made from cattle in the United Kingdom.
  • You recently had malaria.
  • You have lived in the United Kingdom for more than three months or in Europe for more than six months anytime after 1980.
  • You have been treated for syphilis or gonorrhea in the last year.