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STBTC in need of more plasma donations to help patients fight COVID-19, other conditions

The donations can help patients fight a number of conditions

SAN ANTONIO – The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center says plasma donations are needed now more than ever, whether donors have had the coronavirus or not.

The STBTC said it is collecting donation of convalescent plasma, plasma taken from people who have recovered from a disease, and is essential for life-saving medicines for a number of conditions.

While plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 can be used to make antibodies for other patients, plasma from healthy donors is desperately needed to treat people with serious or rare diseases, which often have few other treatment options.

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 may be eligible to donate plasma. A blood test is required to see if there are enough antibodies in the plasma for a usable dose.

Potential donors can send an email to COVID19@SouthTexasBlood.org to find out if they qualify for the program.

For more information, or to make an appointment to donate, click here.

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