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Which Blood Type is Best for Which Donation?

Whole Blood

Types O-negative (O-) and O-positive (O+) are best suited to donate red blood cells. O-negative is the universal blood type, meaning that anyone can receive your blood. And O- and O+ blood are both extra special when it comes to traumas where there is no time for blood typing. Whole blood donors are eligible to give blood every eight weeks. Double red cell blood donors are eligible every 16 weeks. Donors age 17 and 18 may donate every 6 months.


A platelet donation may be a great option for any blood type, depending on the current blood supply and your unique body composition. Inquire when you make your appointment or at your scheduled donation if platelet donation is right for you!


Psst: AB blood types, you’re the VIPs of this world. In fact, we could say you’re a member of the A(B)-list. This type is so elite, only 3% of people in the U.S. fit the bill. As the universal plasma donor, your plasma is safe for all.

It’s not an exclusive AB party, though. People of all blood types can donate plasma, and unlike other types of blood donations, they’re eligible to donate plasma every four (4) weeks.