Yes, there's a different test for donating plasma--based on red blood cells, I think.
I used to donate plasma but 'failed' the test the last time I offered. I was concerned and saw my hematologist, and he told me that my blood was just fine, but the blood banks have a much higher standard for plasma donation because of the 'danger' of depleting the recipient.
Now I only donate whole blood.
yeah I think after 6 months or something you're "OK" again.
However if you lived in Europe, travel to third world countries, or otherwise have a damned life you can't give blood.
"Go For Broke"
Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
They are just trying to keep the blood supply safe and perhaps erring a bit on the side of caution but I would rather have that than donor blood with malaria swimming in it.
And the real reason why the blood supply is low is not the draconian prohibitions of the blood bank, it is because there are many people who would be perfectly eligible to donate but are too lazy and/or don't give a damn about their fellow human beings enough to do it.
Last edited by Paleobird; 07-01-2012 at 10:38 PM.