What Causes a Permanent Deferral?

25 March, 2021

As a plasma donor, you are first screened for diseases before you can donate. The FDA requires all plasma centers to do this to prevent infections from being transmitted to patients for whom life-saving plasma therapies are produced.  

If you pass the screening successfully, other than being at least 18 years of age and weighing at least 110 pounds, you will be allowed to donate. The plasma collected from you is considered good and passed on for further testing. On the other hand, if you do not pass the screening, you are deferred — disallowed from donating plasma, temporarily or permanently.  

Multiple reasons can get you deferred. Some reasons can get you deferred temporarily — once the period of deferral is over, you are screened and re-entered into the system. Take not having any proof of residing within the Donor Recruitment Area (DRA), for example, which could happen if you are residing in a hotel or any temporary residence. Such a circumstance only makes for temporary deferrals since you can always present the proof when you move back to your permanent residence.  

While others can get you deferred permanently. in which case you are not expected to donate ever again.  

Here are some of the reasons that lead to the last, most unfortunate case: 

  • Tested positive for HIV 

  • Tested positive for Hepatitis B/C 

  • Have abused illegal IV drugs 

  • You are a man who has had sex with another man within the last 3 months 

  • Have received clotting factor concentrates 

  • Show risk factors for variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease (vCJD) 

These steps ensure that the therapies derived from your collected plasma are safe, free from harmful infections.  

Learn more about plasma at www.iplasma.life 


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