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 10–20 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.
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:
Learn more about the important research being conducted today using blood donations like those collected at Canventa here.