Blood Assurance is excited to announce the FDA has recently revised guidelines that will allow more people to be blood donors. Each FDA decision is thoroughly researched and we strive to keep up with the latest recommendations in donor and patient safety. Blood Assurance has recently adopted these guidelines and we look forward to seeing all newly eligible donors.

The main changes in the updated guidelines modify deferral times from 12 to 3 months for several activities. All the activities listed below will now be given a 3 month deferral:

  • A man having sex with another man

  • A woman having sex with a man who had sex with another man within the previous 3 months

  • Receiving a transfusion of blood or components

  • Having contact with blood through percutaneous inoculation such as needles stick of contact with open wound/mucous membranes

  • Receiving a tattoo/piercing from an unlicensed shop or person or in the state of Georgia.

  • Engaging in intravenous drug use

  • Traveling to (not living in) a malaria endemic area


Regulations regarding deferral for possible exposure to Mad Cow Disease/Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) have also changed! Please click here to learn more!