[Histonet] Blood donations for money

Mayer,Toysha N TNMayer at mdanderson.org
Tue Jul 25 10:05:54 CDT 2017

Well I 'sold' my plasma in the early 1990's.  I was in college and needed the money for gas and such.
When I went to donate my blood, I was suspected of having Hep C, so I stopped selling my plasma and retested fine.
The instruments looked clean, and there was no debris in the parking lot.  But this was a college town area, so it was pretty busy.
Not sure what happened to the place, but it was a big help when my funds were low.


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Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:51:28 -0400
From: Bob Richmond <rsrichmond at gmail.com>
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Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, PhD asks about blood donation for money. I suppose he's in the US. I don't think there's any paid donation of whole blood in the US any more. This is probably a plasmapheresis center, where people donate twice a week. The red blood cells are returned to the donor. Two cycles of this are usually done at a session.

Many, though not all, plasma donors are pretty sleazy people. I'd ask the plasma center first, then complain to local authorities about it. Most of these plasma centers are franchise operations, and you could complain to their managers also.

Most plasma products (derivatives) can be sterilized so they don't transmit viruses. Or so we hope.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Maryville TN

> Close to where I leave, there is an establishment for blood "donations".
> Apparently, the establishment pays per donation. I hypothesize that 
> the money explains why the place is generally "hopping" (today, ca. 
> 8:30AM, there were ca, 25-30 cars parked in front of the 
> establishment; Sunday mornings, same story). Regularly, I see trash 
> out of the store (incl. blood splatter marks on the sidewalk, gauze, etc.).
> Can someone tell me:
> 1. Where can one find information of the internal operations of 
> establishments like this?
> 2. Where can one report concerns about establishments like this?
> 3. More broadly, how can anyone *scientifically* tell whether the 
> blood "donated" at those (or any other) establishments is "safe" for 
> use by other humans?
> Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, PhD
> blaypublishers.com

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