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Eligibility Guidelines

This page is designed to help answer some of your questions prior to contacting or visiting your local Biotest Plasma Center. This is not a complete list and, in some instances, documentation may be required from your personal physician to confirm the diagnosis and treatment, along with their consent for you to donate.

Allergies

If you are not feeling well and/or have allergy, cold or flu-like symptoms, you should not donate. If you have mild allergies and taking medication for this condition, generally you are eligible to donate provided you are symptom-free on your donation days. If you have food allergies, you should be eligible to donate.

Anemia

Depending on the type and reason for the anemia will determine if you are eligible to donate. Your blood test result will need to be within our established guidelines

Arthritis

Depending on the type of arthritis and the severity of the condition will determine if you are eligible to donate. Documentation may be required from your personal physician to confirm the diagnosis, treatment along with their consent for you to donate.

Asthma

Depending on the medication prescribed and the severity of the condition will determine if you are eligible to donate. You must also be symptom-free on your donation days.

Cancer

Depending on the type of cancer and the date of your last treatment, you may be eligible to donate. Documentation may be required from your personal physician to confirm the diagnosis, treatment along with their consent for you to donate.

Cholesterol and/or High Triglycerides

If you are taking medication for this condition, generally you are eligible to donate.

Dental

  • Cleaning – you should be eligible to donate after routine dental cleaning.
  • Extraction – you may be eligible to donate one week after the procedure when healing is complete.

Diabetes (High Blood Sugar)

If you are a diabetic, controlled with medication, diet and / or exercise, you are not eligible to donate. Women, if you had gestational diabetes and are not diabetic now, you may be eligible to donate.

Epilepsy / Convulsions / Seizures

Depending on the type and the severity of the condition, you may be eligible to donate. Documentation may be required from your personal physician to confirm the diagnosis, treatment along with their consent for you to donate.

Fibromyalgia
Generally, you are eligible to donate with this condition.

Heartburn

Depending on the medical condition will determine if you are eligible to donate. If you have a hiatel hernia or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), you should be eligible to donate.

Heart Disease / Heart Murmur

Depending on the type and the severity of the condition, you may be eligible to donate. Documentation may be required from your personal physician to confirm the diagnosis, treatment along with their consent for you to donate. If you have ever suffered a heart attack, for your safety you are not eligible to donate.

Herpes

  • Genital – even if you are taking medication for this condition, you should be eligible to donate.
  • Simplex (cold sores) – if you are applying cream or ointment to these lesions and they are not        active, you should be eligible to donate.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

You are not eligible to donate if you have AIDS or have tested positive for HIV.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

If you are taking medication for this condition, you are generally eligible to donate depending on the severity of the condition. Your blood pressure will need to be within our established guidelines.

Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)

You may be eligible to donate but your blood pressure will need to be within our established guidelines.

Infections

Once you are symptom-free and have finished taking your antibiotics, you should be eligible to donate. This includes bladder infections, colds, sore throats, upper respiratory tract infections and flu-like symptoms.

Kidney Disease

Depending on the type and the severity of the condition, you may be eligible to donate. Documentation may be required from your personal physician to confirm the diagnosis, treatment along with their consent for you to donate.

Medications

Generally, you are eligible to donate while taking the birth control pill or taking hormone pills to help with menopausal symptoms. Even if you are taking an antibiotic for acne, you are generally eligible to donate. In some situations, a medication can be harmful to a patient receiving a plasma based therapy. It is therefore very important to inform our staff of any / all medications you are currently taking or if there is any change in your health status.

Menstruation

You are eligible to donate during your menstrual cycle as long as you are feeling well.

Mental Disorders

  • ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
    You may be eligible to donate even if you are taking medication for this condition.
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression

Depending on your diagnosis and the medication prescribed, you may be eligible to donate.                   Documentation may be required from your personal physician to confirm the diagnosis, treatment along with their consent for you to donate.

Mononucleosis

You should be eligible to donate once you are feeling well.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you are not eligible to donate. You may be eligible to donate 6 months after delivery (this includes a C-section), a miscarriage or terminating a pregnancy. You are not eligible to donate while you are nursing (breast-feeding) the baby. You may be eligible to donate after a period of 6 months from the date you stop breast-feeding.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Depending on the type and severity of the disease and when it occurred, you may be eligible to donate.

Skin Conditions

  • Acne
    Depending on the medication you are taking for this condition, you may be eligible to donate. If you are on an antibiotic or applying cream, generally you are eligible to donate.
  • Eczema
    Depending on the severity of the condition, you may be eligible to donate. The site of the arm used for the donation process must be clear.
  • Psoriasis
    Depending on the severity of the condition, you may be eligible to donate. The site of the arm used for the donation process must be clear.

Sprains / Strains

Generally, you are eligible to donate once these have healed and you are symptom-free.

Stitches / Sutures

Generally, you are eligible to donate once the sutures are removed and healing has occurred.

Surgery

Depending on the type of surgery and when it occurred will determine when (or if) you are eligible to donate. To be eligible, you will need to be released from your doctor’s care and be symptom-free.

Tattoos / Piercings

Donors will be deferred from plasma donation for 12 months after receiving a tattoo or body piercing, unless the donor can provide a completed Sterility Verification Form.  Once the completed form is returned to the center, you will be deferred from donating plasma for 4 months after the date of the new tattoo.

Thyroid

  • Hypothyroid
    You may be eligible to donate while taking medication for this condition.

Vaccines / Immunizations

Depending on the type of the vaccine and the reason for the immunization will determine when (or if) you are eligible to donate. It is therefore very important to inform our staff of any / all vaccines or immunizations you recently received or if there is any change in your health status.

Whole Blood Donations

You must wait 8 weeks (or 56 days) from the date of your last whole blood donation to be eligible to donate plasma.