Can I donate blood if I have malaria?

American Red Cross
You must wait 3 years after completing treatment for malaria before you are eligible to donate blood.
Guidelines on eligibility to give blood change from time to time. The most up-to-date eligibility information can be obtained by contacting the American Red Cross blood center nearest you.

Continue Learning about Malaria


Did you know that you can contract malaria during a blood transfusion or organ transplant, or if you share needles with an infected person? Most people know that mosquitoes spread malaria, which is an illness caused by a parasite. ...

Malaria can be deadly, killing almost one million people each year, mostly in Africa, where infants, young children, and pregnant women are most at risk. If you are bitten by a mosquito that is carrying malaria you may experience symptoms like sweating, fever, gastrointestinal illness, chills, jaundice and/or flu-like symptoms. If you travel to countries with warm climates affected by malaria, protect yourself. Use mosquito netting around your bed, and wear insect repellent containing DEET. If you do get sick, your doctor can prescribe medications to prevent serious complications from malaria.

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