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Why should I donate blood?
There are several reasons to donate blood in New Jersey, mainly because blood is perishable, supplies of it need to be regularly replenished. You should give blood because it is a simple way to make a huge difference in the lives of others. From saving lives to helping out locally, New Jersey’s supply is in constant need, and every donation helps keep levels up.
Who can donate blood?
Blood donors who are 16 years old, weigh at least 120 pounds and have never had hepatitis are good candidates to give blood. Children aged 16 must have parental consent to donate blood; 17 and up can donate blood in New Jersey without parental consent. There is no upper age limit.
Medications frequently taken by healthy individuals, such as aspirin, diet pills, birth control pills, blood pressure medication, and cholesterol medication are not a reason for deferral. The use of other medications will be evaluated by a nurse.
Who cannot donate blood?
One of our nurses can answer questions about blood donor eligibility. There are some conditions regarding blood donor rules like being on antibiotics or being pregnant that require you to wait a certain length of time before you give blood.
You will be automatically deferred if you have hepatitis or are at a high risk for AIDS. To look at all of the blood donation restrictions, click here.
What happens to my blood after I donate?
After you donate blood in New Jersey, your donation is taken to the laboratory at Central Jersey Blood Center for processing. In addition to blood typing, each unit undergoes a rigorous testing procedure to ensure safety. Your blood may also be separated into red cells, platelets and plasma.