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  • Is giving blood safe?

  • Is donated blood safe?

  • What if I'm afraid of needles?

  • What happens to my blood after I give?

  • Who does my blood help?

  • How often can I donate?

  • How much time does it take to make a donation?

  • Do I receive payment for my donation?

  • How old do I have to be to donate blood?

  • Do I have enough blood in my body to donate?

  • How much blood is taken during a donation?

  • How much time does it take for my body to replace the donated blood?

  • What happens if I have anemia or a low iron level?

  • What if I'm taking medication?

  • How long does blood last?

  • What is an autologous blood transfusion?

  • What if I'm busy and don’t have free time?

  • What is directed blood transfusion?

  • How do I know if my blood type is useful?

  • There isn't a blood shortage. Do I still need to donate?

  • Are there travel restrictions?

  • Can you complete your health history questionnaire online? Where is it located on your web site?

  • Where can I donate?

  • Why am I charged for blood at a hospital if I've donated blood?

  • Can I schedule apheresis (double red cell, platelet and plasma) donations online?

  • Why does Memorial Blood Centers elect to receive plasma from only males?

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