The Red Cross tests every blood donation for a variety of illnesses. Adding this antibody test is the latest part of our longtime commitment to health. If you donate blood, platelets or plasma on or after June 15, 2020 your donation will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
Blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested, free of charge, for COVID-19 antibodies using samples obtained at the time of donation and sent to a laboratory where samples will undergo routine screening and infectious disease testing.
Donors who have been tested for COVID-19 antibodies will see one of the following results:
POSITIVE: Result indicates that an individual may have had previous exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 and their body has developed specific antibodies to the virus.
NEGATIVE: Result most likely means that the individual has not been exposed to COVID-19 and therefore has not developed antibodies to the virus.
NOT AVAILABLE: Result means that your test result is not yet available or your donation was not tested.
If you are antibody positive you may be eligible to take part in our convalescent plasma donation program. Whatever your antibody testing results, your single blood donation is critical to saving lives.