FAQs

How do I become a donor?

In addition to meeting the donation criteria, you must be between 18 and 64 years old (except in Alabama where the minimum age to donate is 19), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. You must also provide a valid photo I.D., proof of your current address and your Social Security or immigration card. Use our location finder to find the nearest location.

Is donating plasma safe?

Thousands of people safely donate plasma everyday. We only use sterile, one-time-use, disposable materials. Our highly-trained staff follows strict safety guidelines when collecting your plasma to ensure your well-being and comfort. Our goal is to meet or exceed all applicable regulatory requirements.

Is the information I provide kept confidential?

All your information is kept strictly confidential unless you give us permission to share it or we are required to do so by law.

How is plasma collected?

A specialized medical device will separate your plasma from your other blood components through a safe, automated process called plasmapheresis. You will be monitored throughout the process to ensure your comfort and safety.

How long does the process take?

The entire donation experience lasts approximately two to three hours for new donors and approximately one and a half to two hours for return donors. The process takes a bit longer for new donors because of the physical exam. As a regular donor, you will receive a physical exam annually.

What can I expect from the health screening?

Every time you donate, we conduct a health screening to ensure you are in general good health and meet the donation criteria. We take a small blood sample from your finger and ask a series of questions.

What should I do before donating?

Eat a healthy meal before your visit and drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated drinks, such as juice and water, the day before and the day of your donation. Just before donating, we recommend that you avoid foods high in fat and cholesterol, strenuous exercise and smoking cigarettes.

How often can I donate?

Your body will typically replenish the plasma you donate within 48 hours.  You can donate twice in a seven-day period, but the two donations must be separated by one calendar day. For example, if you donate on Monday, you will be eligible to donate again on Wednesday.

How will I be compensated?

To thank you for donating your life-saving plasma, we will compensate you for your time spent with us. Rates vary, but on average, a loyal plasma donor can earn up to $200 each month.