FAQs
 

Answers to your blood and plasma donation questions

Regular blood and plasma donation can make a lasting impact far beyond what most people imagine. People around the world undergo 234 million major operations every year that may require blood transfusions7—all of which would be impossible without donors like you. Plasma donation helps create life-saving medications for hundreds of thousands of people. Giving to those in need of surgeries, medications and more, gets you major kudos.

BLOOD DONATION

How often can I donate blood?

  • You can donate blood up to 6 times a year. Typically, red blood cells return to normal levels approximately two weeks after donation10.

How should I prepare for my visit?

  • Drink at least two large glasses of water and eat a healthy, low-fat meal with iron-rich foods.

What eligibility requirements do I need to meet to donate blood?

  • You should confirm all eligibility requirements with your local donor site, but in general, donors must meet the following requirements:
    • Be 17 years of age or older, however some 16-year-olds can donate blood with parental consent
    • Weigh at least 110 pounds
    • Be in good health and not taking antibiotics2

PLASMA DONATION

How often can I donate plasma?

  • While donation rules may vary by country, in general, you can donate plasma as often as twice a week. You can donate this frequently because of a process called plasmapheresis, where a device separates whole blood into cellular components and returns it back into the body3.

How should I prepare for my visit?

  • Get plenty of rest, especially the day/night before you donate.
  • Drink plenty of water or other caffeine-free beverages 2-3 hours before your plasma donation appointment and eat a healthy, low-fat meal before you donate.

What eligibility requirements do I need to meet to donate plasma?

  • You should confirm all eligibility requirements with your local donation center, but in general, donors must meet the following requirements:
    • Be 18 years of age or older
    • Weigh at least 110 pounds
    • Pass a medical exam and complete an extensive medical screening, including testing negative for hepatitis and HIV
    • If you have recently gotten a tattoo, many countries require a precautionary waiting period of between 6-12 months before donating.
    • Follow a recommended diet16

GET INTO THE HABIT OF GIVING

A single blood donation could save up to three people1. But did you know you can safely donate blood every two months2? And you can safely donate plasma up to two times a week3! Since more than 125,000 people rely on plasma-derived therapies in the U.S. alone4, donating is a feel-good habit worth repeating.