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Blood donation process

Become a donor

Become a donor

Donor screening

Your first appointment at Canventa will be part of the donor screening process. You will complete a confidential donor questionnaire which helps to determine if you are eligible to donate and includes questions about your basic medical history or medications you may be taking. Once a staff member reviews your completed donor questionnaire you will then be asked to participate in an infectious disease screening (IDS) test. During the IDS, a small volume of blood of approximately 1020 mL will be drawn. This amount is equivalent to approximately 1 tablespoon. This routine screening tests for diseases including human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1), human immunodeficiency virus 2 (HIV-2), hepatitis B, hepatitis C,  and may include human T-cell leukemia/lymphoma virus type 1 (HTLV-1), and syphilis. Negative test results reduce the risk to researchers when using human biological samples and help to ensure their safety. Your test results are valid for 90 days and all donors are re-tested within 90 days. IDS appointments typically take 30 minutes in total. Following the results of your IDS appointment, our Donor Center staff will contact you via phone or email to confirm your donation eligibility and schedule your first donation appointment, typically within a week.

How to prepare for your donation 

There are a few steps you can take to help ensure a successful donation and maintain your well-being before and after collection. We recommend you:

  • Drink plenty of water. We recommend drinking at least 500 mL or 2 cups of water the day of your appointment.
  • Eat a healthy meal or a salty snack. We recommend avoiding high fat or high cholesterol foods prior to donation such as fried food.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before and arrive to your appointment well-rested.
  • Bring your ID and reading material if you would like (iPads will be provided for use during your appointment)

What happens at my donation

What happens at my donation

What happens to my donation

What happens to my donation

Learn more about the important research being conducted today using blood donations like those collected at Canventa here.

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