The AB-negative blood type is the rarest one in the United States. Only 1%, or 1 in every 100, Americans have this blood type. AB-positive is also one of the rarer blood types, coursing through the veins of only 4% of the U.S. blood donor population, or 1 in every 25 people.
Blood type AB is spread pretty evenly among all races and ethnicities. Asian Americans are slightly more likely to have AB blood type than other ethnicities, according to the ADRP.
Because AB blood types are rare, it’s important that donors with this blood type donate on a regular basis. People with AB blood types are universal plasma donors, meaning any blood type can receive their plasma. You can double your impact by Powering Up to a plasma donation.
Blood type AB-positive donors have the distinction of being universal recipients, meaning they can receive a transfusion from any blood type.
Of course, the rarest blood type is the one not on the shelf when a patient needs it. Schedule your donation today, and encourage your friends of all blood types to join you!