Plasma
for Life

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FAQs

How often can I donate plasma?

You can donate as often as once a week, though if you’re a new plasma donor we recommend starting at once a month.

How long does it take to donate plasma?

Each plasma donation appointment takes about an hour and a half. The apheresis collection is approximately 35 to 45 minutes.

Once I start donating plasma, can I still give blood?

Yes, although we recommend you choose just one type of donation to make regularly. If you do wish to donate both blood and plasma, you need to wait 56 days after either type of donation before making the other.

What if I change my mind about donating plasma?

You may decide to try different donation programs to find which you like best: blood, plasma or platelets.

What if I am not eligible to donate plasma?

Every donation that helps save lives is valuable. Blood is just as important as plasma: we appreciate your generosity and commitment, in whatever form you’re able to give. Visit our ways to donate section to learn more.

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