The Dark Side of Donating Plasma for Money

Richard Jones is a nineteen-year-old student at Diesel Driving Academy. He is a hardworking student by day and to survive financial struggles, he works as a local waiter at McDonalds at night.

One of his friends in school informed him about a plasma donation campaign near Shreveport Barskdale Highway. To be a qualified donor, one should be an American, eighteen years of age, weighs 110 pounds and must have proof for local residence.

Two hours prior to opening, Richard arrives at the plasma bank and goes through the actual plasma donation (plasmapheresis) for another two hours. Unfortunately, the experience at the bank dissatisfies Richard. He’s interviewed by a local newspaper and he openly admits most of the workers are not welcoming as expected. The proof of residence needs a lot of paper documentations and thorough approval.

“This is my first time here,” Richard said. “I decided to do it because I need quick money for my school project.”

Richard does not also recommend plasma donation for everyone. The processing system is complicated. The paperwork includes terminologies and conditions conveyed in heavy language. Richard thoroughly reads all the documents and a small portion of it says the bank is not legally responsible for certain misfortunes.

“Do not donate your plasma until you are all for it. If some people are at ease while performing this whole process, I salute them. It’s hard to blame them.” Richard added. “But for me, I rather find other means of finding quick money than this.”

For some people like Richard Jones, they consider donating plasma as a legal way of sucking nutrients in the blood system. They might have passed the series of physical examinations but they are not satisfied with the type of treatment they deserve while inside the bank. Plasmapheresis is what they tagged as “vampirization.”

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10 thoughts on “The Dark Side of Donating Plasma for Money

  1. I went to Washington, D.C to check about donating plasma, supposedly at that time I was a canidate. I have AB Negative plus Positvie antibodies. Is the need still available to help others? I never finished or got to start the process. Must have been a seminar I went to check out. I live in Port Charlotte, Fl.

  2. So the “dark side” of donating plasma is that the technicians weren’t polite? I don’t get it. Also, wouldn’t “vampirization” be more accurate for donating blood? Pretty sure vampires don’t put the blood back in after extracting plasma.

    • Hey @Jack,

      The answer to your first question is no. The dark side of selling plasma is it leads to health complications when you decided to make a sell beyond the recommended frequency. The human body also gets weak when too much plasma is removed from the system.

      • Ok… I had to re-read this article after reading that comment. The article was one persons experience that wasn’t to his satisfaction, and suggested that plasma donation isn’t for everyone (as a frequent donor myself, I can concur with that). It also hinted that these donation places are inhospitable which is purely based on each center and can’t be generalized.

        If the dark side of plasma donation is possible health problems, and you want to mention donation frequency issues, please mention that IN THE ARTICLE, not in a follow up comment.

        I’m normally not one to criticize, but this write up A). had the feel of something you scrawled down quickly just to meet a deadline, and B). does NOT deserve such an ominous title as “The Dark Side of Donating…” I’d like to see this article rewritten with more actual research of pros vs/ cons instead of just one persons opinion of their own SINGLE experience told from a second hand source.

        A good donation center (for me it’s BioLife in Fayetteville, Ar) will track your donations and flat refuse to let you donate more than twice in a 7 day period. I’ve donated twice a week for almost 6 months now, and I’ve experienced weakness, a little dizziness, and a few (MAYBE 3 total) bad sticks, but on the whole, it’s not only helped me get over my fear of needles to some degree AND put food in my daughters belly, but in an effort to make my donation process faster and easier, it’s got me to look at WHAT I eat and drink. I’ve almost completely cut out sodas, I’ve more than halved my fat intake, and in general am eating better. If someone wants to donate long term, just learn how to replenish what the process takes out, and you should be great to go. There are foul ups though, I’ve seen a few, but good techs will be all over that and BioLife (can’t say for others) keeps medical staff on hand for any little thing.

        Oh, and if you ARE in an area that has more than one donation facility that aren’t related PLEASE don’t try to over donate. MichaelSWilliams is right that the body can only replenish plasma so fast, and twice a week is probably the safest frequency. Over donation CAN and WILL put not only you, but potentially others at risk (just think passing out at the wheel and careening onto a sidewalk).

        Sorry for the long comment. I hope someone finds it useful, and the writer isn’t terribly offended, again, I usually don’t criticize.

        • This is exactly what I needed to read. This article is truly horrible. He just sounds like a baby whining the whole time. I have not donated plasma but the things he was conplaining about sounded similar to the things I experience when I donate blood. A bunch of questions, your ID and a needle in your arm for the rest of the time. How long did he expect it to take??? Ughhh… but anyway I appreciate this comment because I have financial issues myself and am happy to do something to help others.

  3. THere is always need for PLASMA! Personally, I get 4 units every week until death. DONATE PLASMA! It is saving my life. Thank you

  4. do not donate you plasma until you are very very healthy drinking 8 glasses of fresh fruit and vegetables a day ant 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water and 3 god healthy meal’s per day every day to replace what you took from your body if you do not replace what you gave away you will suffer your body needs that plasma to repair itself from all the toxic environment and the pesticides in are food you will rundown your body find other means of quick money than this donating plasma is a legal way of sucking nutrients out of your blood system the is a warning issued in 2001 by the FDA which stated that plasma donor faced the possible side effect of contracting -pulmonary syndrome you first need to think before you donate you loss antibody protein albumin hormones electrolytes nutrient fibrinogen -risks of plasma donation vein damage causing them to harden with scaring increasing risk for infection lowering your immune system try to get free health care when you don’t have insurance or money

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