Donating plasma can be an absolutely great way to not only help out other individuals by providing important supplies to the general medical field and local hospitals, but in many places donors are also paid cash for donating once or even twice a week. Since plasma and its use are directly related to health, there are several tests and screenings that must take place before anyone can qualify to donate plasma. Since health is paramount, anyone who wants to donate plasma will have to make sure to pass all of these to have any chance of donating.
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Things you will need
- Clean syphilis test
- Proof of age (must be over 18 years old)
- Healthy protein level (will be tested before each donation)
- Clean blood test of blood borne diseases or infections
- Locate the nearest plasma donation center in your area. This not only is the place you would need to go in order to actually donate plasma, but this is also where blood will be taken to run the necessary tests.
- Drink plenty of fluids before going in. This is important for health reasons.
- Bring your identification and be prepared to answer multiple questions on your health. This will include questions on when your last surgery was, the last time you got a tattoo, and many other similar questions.
- On the first visit prepare to have blood drawn. This will be tested for a wide variety of diseases that can be spread through blood or plasma including HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis, among many others.
- You won’t be able to donate plasma the first time you show up to the donation center. You will need to pass all of these tests in order to be able to donate.
- Once you’ve passed all of these tests, always call ahead to schedule appointments for when you can donate plasma. You can schedule up to two per week in the United State, although there must be two days between donations.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure to eat a diet with enough iron, protein, and drink enough water. Failing to do these things.
- In the United States you can legally only donate twice every seven days, with at least a 2 day rest in between donations.
- If you fail the protein level test, take that as a chance to look at your diet and see where you can improve it. This can be an opportunity to improve your health in addition to make sure you’re in proper shape to consistently donate.