Cytomegalovirus, also known as CMV, is a common virus which is harmless to most people but can cause severe infections for newborn babies who haven’t yet developed an immune system and patients with weakened immune systems. CMV-negative blood transfusions are essential to these patients.
Blood donations are regularly tested to check for CMV antibodies. In the U.S., over half of adults have been infected with CMV by the time they are 40 years old. Because only a small population can meet this medical need for pediatric patients, we ask all CMV-negative donors, especially those who are also O-negative, to donate blood as often as possible.
Be an invaluable hero to newborns and their families. Your blood donation has the power to change lives and create a brighter future for our youngest and most vulnerable community members. Schedule your next donation appointment today.