Becoming a Blood Sample Donor: Why does it matter, misconceptions & how much impact do you actually make?


Short and simple, even a one time donation of blood can make a huge difference for researchers and patients worldwide.

For anyone diagnosed with cancer, autoimmune disorders, and other chronic diseases and conditions, perhaps the most promising hope for discovering cures lies inside their own bodies – more specifically, in the cells traveling through their blood.

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Many people with these conditions shy away from becoming a donor because they fear that they need to donate unsafe amounts of blood to contribute. However, this is a misconception.

Donors are often asked to donate only a small amount of blood, as little as 10mL, which is a less than a tablespoon!


PlasmaMed’s small blood sample requirement allows people to contribute to research that generally wouldn’t be able to. 

Serious researchers looking at computer screen in the lab

Researchers across the nation as in need of more specialized cells, from donors that are diagnoses with illnesses, to do their cutting-edge medical research, which is why PlasmaMed Research is here to help. 

After you leave the office, your blood donation directly goes to researchers that use your blood to accelerate their studies which allows for faster development of treatments and cures for debilitating diseases.  

“Like a lot of blood science, these testing programs got their start in the late 1980s when HIV and AIDS were on the rise. That’s when the NHLBI started the first iteration of the REDS program, initially called the Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study. It did a lot of work to better understand HIV and better characterize the risks of infection,” says Simone Glynn, chief of the Blood Epidemiology and Clinical Therapeutics Branch at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. “Those samples go to various researchers,” Glynn says, “they’re used by people who are developing diagnostic tests and treatments for (diseases) like Zika, for example, because it’s a source they can evaluate.”

Nurse with plastic blood bag next to a donor

When asked what donating meant to them, this is what these donors had to say:

“I’m capable of donating blood and helping people that suffer from a chronic illness, why wouldn’t I do it? If it means contributing to finding a cure for others just like me…why not do it?” -Julia

“Giving a little blood you won’t miss, can save lives” -Felipe

“Donating means cooperating with life, with the facility (blood bank), helping others and oneself… helping others not expecting anything in return; in addition to having the right to take the day off, though I never do” -Lucas

“Helping others. People need cures and one day I may need it (a cure), so I need to do my share to ensure I’ll have it. I need to help somehow whoever is in need. I always had a desire to help, perhaps because of my upbringing” -Marcos

Patient Involvement in Research Agenda

Young scientist works in modern laboratory

PlasmaMed research recruits patients with various indications including but not limited to

  • LSCLC, cervical cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, multiple myeloma
  • Lupus, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis
  • HIV, HCV, HBV 
  • Zika, and much more.

Patients are always compensated $50+ for their time and commitment to making a difference.

To find out how to contribute to scientific research and help develop cures, visit or reach out to us on PlasmaMed’s Facebook.


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