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You've had coronavirus...but an antibody test is too expensive...now, you can get one for free...if you donate blood.

A new program at the kentucky blood center will test your donation for coronavirus antibodies.

It's all part of an effort to find coronavirus survivors who can donate plasma to those currently suffering.

Abc 36's bobbi mcswine spoke to one donor who says he's happy to help.

###### "if you donate blood anyway, i mean i think it's a win-win."

The kentucky blood center is now testing for coronavirus antibodies .and eamonn aye-men fitzgerald says he's all for it.

Eamonn: "the idea that you're not only helping somebody because you're donating blood, but the possibility of helping more people with covid."

Fitz has been donating blood for more than 20 years.

He says he does it because he wants to help.but also because he knows how essential it is.

"i have a friend who needed blood transfusions many years ago and she wouldn't have survived had she not had blood transfusions, so she always makes sure to thank any of our friends that donate."

Kentucky blood center's mandy brajuha bray-you-ah says donors are needed now more than ever.

"we know people come in to give blood because they want to be that lifesaver."

Now, there might be a second way they can save lives.

The blood center will test every donation for coronavirus antibodies...meaning you might also be able to donate plasma that could help coronavirus patients recover.

Mandy: "if you're just curious whether or not you've been exposed to the virus, this is a win-win situation.

You can save lives and find out that information."

Brajuha says the need for blood has only increased during the pandemic.

"hospitals are doing more surgeries.

More patients are in need - more traumas.

And so we definitely want to see those - we call them crisis heroes - we want them to come back out again."

And just like fitz.she says it benefits everyone.

In lexington.bobbi mcswine.abc 36 news.

##### brajuha says the process is the same as a routine donation.

If antibodies are found.the center will follow-up and might ask you to donate plasma.

For more information.visit our website at w-t- v-q dot com.


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