I've learned recently that I had type AB+ blood, which is one of the rarest blood types (about every 3 in 100 people has AB+.)
Jokingly, I wondered why I have not given blood yet. I did think of many times of giving blood, but I often thought I wasn't a good candidate for giving too much blood.
If people knew about blood types, AB+ people can only give blood to other AB+ people. However, AB+ people can receive blood (without other complicating factors) from any other blood types from the ABO+/- group. Since my blood type only benefits my blood type (other blood types have no use for it), the other blood types (especially O+/-) would be more in demand than my AB+ blood. So I've learned, even if I wanted to donate blood, I might just be turned down because my blood is not in demand anyways.
But since a few events recently, I've found that I can donate platelets and, especially, plasma. Plasma for AB blood type is like blood for O types, plasma from AB types can be given to other blood types without problems (again, as long as there aren't complications.)
For those who have donated platelets or plasma, how is the procedure compared to donating whole blood? Do you get woozy like you do having whole blood drawn from you?
I plan to see if my local blood drives are willing to receive my plasma and platelets (if I am fit and healthy enough for it, anyhow.)