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Have questions about donating blood?

Read our FAQs to answer your questions regarding blood donation.

Is it Safe To Give Blood?

Yes. Donating blood is safe. The supplies used to collect blood are sterile and only used once.

I'm Taking Medications. Can I still donate blood?

Many medications are acceptable. Consult your physician to be sure you’re healthy enough to donate and ask your community blood center medical staff if you have questions about your eligibility. Do not assume that you are ineligible without inquiring first.

How Long Until My Blood Is Used?

All blood donations are processed and available for use between 24 and 48 hours after collection.

  • Whole blood is processed into components (red cells, platelets, plasma).
  • After processing, the red cells can be stored for up to 42 days.
  • Plasma can be frozen and stored for up to 12 months.
  • Platelets (from whole blood or by apheresis) must be used within five days