The Need       Who Can Donate       Safety & Testing

Blood centers follow five layers of rigorous safety procedures:
  • blood donor eligibility standards
  • individual screening
  • laboratory testing
  • confidential exclusion of donations
  • donor record check

Twelve tests are performed on every unit of donated blood. Nine are for infectious diseases, including screenings for:

Hepatitis (a liver infection); HIV (the virus that causes AIDS); HTLV-I (a virus associated with a rare form of leukemia), and HTLV-II; and Syphilis.
 

When you go and donate blood I think that they should be happy because they are helping other people that need it.
Xiomara,
— elementary school student
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