When did you last donate blood? By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 1/19/2017 It is January again. A New Year. And National Blood Donor Month. To all of those who gave in 2016 - thank you for saving lives here on the Delmarva Peninsula! The Blood Bank of Delmarva has a few requirements for blood donors: Donors are required to show a photo ID or two other forms of ID. They must be 17 to 79-years-old (Ages 80 and older, please contact Blood Bank of Delmarva Eligibility Coordinator at 1 888 8-BLOOD-8 for medical approval), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health: No active cold or flu-like symptoms on donation day, including a fever, sore throat, or diarrhea. Those on antibiotics for infection must wait 24 hours after they are finished to give blood. Donors who received a tattoo or body piercing must wait 12 months to donate unless applied in a state regulated facility. If applied in a state regulated facility, donors are eligible to donate in 14 days provided the tattoo or piercing site is healed. In the mid-Atlantic area, the states of Delaware and Pennsylvania regulate these establishments; the state of Maryland does not. Anyone who has had gonorrhea or syphilis (VD) in the last 12 months will be deferred. Those at risk for AIDS will be deferred: Anyone infected with the AIDS virus (HIV) Anyone who has ever used illegal IV drugs (using needles) Any male who has had sex with another male, even one time, since 1977 Anyone who has had sex in exchange for money or drugs since 1977 Anyone with hemophilia who has received clotting factor concentrates Those who have had recent major surgery or have a history of hepatitis, convulsions, heart disease or lung disease may be deferred. Donors who have travelled to certain parts of the world may be deferred due to a potential risk of contracting an infection that may be transmitted through blood transfusion. PLATELET DONORS: No aspirin, or products containing aspirin, for at least 72 hours before your appointment. Do not take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, such as Ibuprofen, for 24 hours before your appointment. Tylenol is acceptable. For more specific deferral information, call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8. Blood donors are needed every day. Ocean City just completed the blood drive and it was a great success, but the Blood Bank of Delmarva still needs more! Can you help? Log on here to make an appointment ! Together we can save lives. Thanks for reading.