More than 120,000 people in the US are waiting for an organ: parents, children, college students, grandparents, and others. By signing up to be an organ donor, you have the power to save a life. Actually, several lives: one organ donor can save up to eight people. There are misconceptions about being an organ donor, so let’s check the facts:
- If you are sick or injured and are admitted to a hospital, the #1 priority is to save your life.
- Most major religions in the US support organ donation.
- Being an organ donor doesn’t cost any money to you or your family.
- When matching donors and recipients, several factors are considered, including severity of illness, blood type, and other important medical information. Race and celebrity status aren’t relevant.
How do I sign up?
Registering as an organ donor is easy. Sign up in your state.
How can I save a life today?
Donate blood! It’s easy and free. First time donor? Here’s what you need to know:
- Every two seconds, someone in the US needs a blood transfusion.
- The most common blood type requested by hospitals is Type O–but all blood types are needed.
- You can donate blood every six to eight weeks, which is the time it takes for your body to replenish the red cells used in the donation.
- You can’t contract HIV from donating blood.
- While the blood is tested for disease, donating blood is not the same as getting tested for HIV/AIDS (if you are at risk for HIV/AIDS, you shouldn’t donate blood). If you want to be tested for HIV, visit your community health department.