Lipid-Profile Testing Home » Blood Products & Services » Donor Benefits » Lipid-Profile Testing The Blood Connection offers a free lipid profile test to all donors who meet the donation frequency requirements. This test is available at Donation Centers only and can only be conducted after a fast (donor must fast from midnight the night prior). Who is eligible? A donor is eligible to have a fasting lipid profile after whole blood, platelets or plasma have been donated three times or double red cells two times in a twelve month period. What is tested in a lipid profile? Total cholesterol Low-density lipoprotein or LDL (bad cholesterol) Triglycerides High-density lipoprotein or HDL (good cholesterol) Cholesterol ratio A fasting lipid profile provides valuable detailed information about blood lipids. It is used by physicians to diagnose and monitor treatment of elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels. How does the program work? Once the lipid profile voucher is received, all the donor needs to do is to visit one of our four donation centers for a blood sample to be collected. No appointment is necessary. The lipid profile test will be offered free of charge. Once the blood sample is collected, the results are ready in less than ten minutes. Can the lipid profile test be performed on the same day as a donor donates? Yes, however donating blood after fasting is not recommended. However, after a solid meal and plenty of water, a blood donation can be given. Can a donor pay to have the lipid profile test done if the donation requirements are not met? No. The Blood Connection is not set up to function as an outpatient laboratory.