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Plasma Donation 

I had Coronavirus and recovered. How can I donate my plasma to potentially help others?

Thank you for your interest in donating plasma for use in treating COVID-19 patients! Before you can donate, you will be required to undergo screening for eligibility. There are three steps in this screening process, and our AHN Convalescent Plasma Donor Team will guide you every step of the way

Our goal is to make this screening process as easy, fast, and safe as possible for you – in fact, it’s as simple as A, B, C, Go!

Here’s what you can expect:

Step A: Contact us

Contact the AHN CP Donor Team at (412) 858-C2P3 (412) 858-2273 or C2P3@ahn.org and provide your full name and phone number.

Step B: Screening questionnaire (30 minutes)

You will be contacted to complete a questionnaire about your medical history.

Step C: Antibody test (1 hour)

If the answers in your questionnaire indicate that you are eligible, you will be asked to go to West Penn Hospital to provide a blood sample for a COVID-19 antibody test. We should have your test results within 1-2 weeks.

Go to Vitalant to donate your plasma!

If your antibody test is positive, you will be provided with information to schedule an in-person plasma donation at the local Vitalant blood bank.

Additional FAQS

How is plasma collected?

The process is similar to giving blood. Your whole blood is drawn, and the plasma is separated. Then, your red blood cells are returned to your body along with a saline solution that helps you generate new plasma to replace the plasma that has been removed.

Will I be charged anything if I choose to participate?

No, AHN will cover cost implications of plasma donation testing and services for any eligible donor, regardless of insurer or where you typically go for care.

After I donate plasma once, can I donate plasma again?

Yes, you can donate every 7 days.

Why should I choose to donate through AHN when I could donate through the blood bank?

By donating through AHN, it's guaranteed that your plasma will stay local and go to someone in need in your community.

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