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As of March 19, 2024, the Children's National Blood Donor Center has implemented the new FDA guidance requiring an individual donor assessment (IDA) approach for donor screening process and new gender-inclusive questions for all individuals to determine blood donor eligibility.

Key changes:

  • All blood donors, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, will be asked if they have had new and/or multiple sexual partners in the past three months.
  • If they answer no to both questions, there is no risk of a newly acquired transfusion-transmitted infection. They will not be asked about the type of sexual contact and will move on to the next question.
  • If they answer yes to either, there is some risk of a newly acquired transfusion-transmitted infection. Therefore, they will then be asked if they’ve had anal sex with any of these partners. If they have, they will be required to wait three months from when they most recently had anal sex to donate.
  • If they have not had anal sex with a new and/or multiple partners and meet all other eligibility criteria, they will be able to donate.
  • Asking about anal sex in the context of new or multiple recent partners allows blood collectors to more precisely and reliably identify those who may have an increased risk of a newly acquired transfusion-transmissible infection.

Learn how these new eligibility criteria were informed by research.

COVID 19 vaccination: There is no waiting period after receiving a vaccine against COVID-19. Some people may have soreness, chills, low-grade fever and/or muscle aches after the shot. This is normal and is due to the immune system recognizing the vaccine. If you have symptoms, please wait until you have fully recovered before donating blood.

Notice for platelet donors: Effective June 22, 2021, donors who have had a splenectomy (spleen removal) will not be eligible to donate platelets on our apheresis instruments (Trima Accel) due to a software change.

We recommend checking the further eligibility criteria page for more information prior to making an appointment. We remain incredibly grateful to donors and prospective donors of all ages and backgrounds who understand the importance of life-saving blood donations and welcome them to our center.

Below is a brief overview of common temporary or permanent reasons that may prevent blood donation.


If you are eligible, call 202-476-KIDS to schedule an appointment to donate blood today.


Temporarily Ineligible

Permanently Ineligible

Possibly Ineligible