The donation histories of 179 409 community whole-blood donors, whose first-time donation in 1991 was negative on donor screening tests, were evaluated. Donors were categorized by the number of donations made in the 12 months after (and including) their first donation. The donor return pattern in the subsequent 6 years, and its association with first-year donation frequency and demographics, was evaluated by using logistic regression analysis. A ‘regular donor’ was defined as one who returned to donate in at least 4 of the 6 years of follow-up.