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Hispanic Blood Donors

Hispanics are the fastest growing part of the United States population, yet only a small percentage of Hispanics donate blood. Many Hispanics have type O blood, the blood type in highest demand, so it’s important to know that as a Hispanic blood donor, you make a powerful contribution to many patients in need.

Researchers have found that nearly 60 percent of the Hispanic population has Type O blood, which is most frequently requested by hospitals to treat a range of patients from trauma victims to premature babies.

Your blood may even carry a rare variant that can save the lives of others with that same variant. Many people don’t realize that patients are more likely to find a blood match among donors who share the same heritage. When you give blood, you are potentially saving the life of a friend, a relative or an acquaintance in the Hispanic community.

Dispelling the Myths

Blood centers around the country have heard why Hispanics are hesitant to give blood. Knowing the real facts about blood donation helps to dispel many common concerns and we share them here with you:

  • Donating blood is very safe and blood donors who give regularly may experience long-term health benefits.
  • There is zero risk of being infected with HIV.
  • Sharing your blood does not cause you to gain weight.
  • It’s important to hydrate before and after but a pint of blood weighs approximately a pound so donating does not increase weight.
  • It does improve your health by reducing excess iron stored in your body and encourages your body to produce blood.
  • Although you should wait to engage in vigorous exercise, donating blood does not affect the sex drive.
  • There is no upper age limit to donating.
  • Taking medications does not necessarily mean you are not eligible to donate.
  • Healthy diabetics may be eligible to donate.
  • You do not need a social security card to donate but you do need a photo ID.

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