Question: Can I Donate Blood If I Have Hep C?

Can you give blood if you have had hepatitis?

If you ever tested positive for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, at any age, you are not eligible to donate, even if you were never sick or jaundiced from the infection..

What things disqualify you from donating blood?

You will be denied if your blood tests positive for: HIV-1, HIV-2, human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV)-I, HTLV-II, hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, West Nile Virus (WNV), and T. pallidum (syphilis). Blood donation is actually a quick and easy way to get tested for all of these things.

What are the final stages of Hep C?

It may be possible to stop or slow the damage. Symptoms of end-stage liver disease may include: Easy bleeding or bruising. Persistent or recurring yellowing of your skin and eyes (jaundice)

Can Hep C come back after treatment?

It’s possible, but rare, for hepatitis C infection to reappear after apparently successful treatment. Relapses usually occur in the first few months after blood testing to confirm that the virus is no longer detectable.

Why you should never donate blood?

Other reasons you may not be able to donate blood: You’ve experienced hepatitis or jaundice in the last year. You’ve had certain types of cancer, or are being treated for cancer. Blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease disqualify you from donating, to protect both donor and recipient.

Can u donate plasma if you have hep C?

Who Can’t Donate. Although newer direct-acting antivirals first introduced in 2007 have achieved high levels of cure rates in people with hepatitis C, people who have been infected still cannot be blood donors whether they have been cured or not.

Does Hep C affect blood count?

A low white blood count indicates that the body lacks the ability to fight infection. Advanced chronic HCV infection can cause low WBC. Certain antiviral medications used to treat HCV may also cause decreased WBCs. If this is the case, it does not necessarily mean that the body is unable to fight infection.

Can Hep C be cured completely?

The Hepatitis C virus is considered “cured” if the virus is not detected in your blood when measured with a blood test 3 months after treatment is completed. This is called a sustained virologic response (SVR) and data suggest that you will stay virus free indefinitely.

What happens after you give blood?

Side effects of donating blood Some people may feel nauseous, lightheaded, or dizzy after donating blood. If this happens, it should only last a few minutes. You can lie down with your feet up at the until you feel better. You may also experience some bleeding at the site of the needle.

How do you know if your Hep C is getting worse?

According to our 2018 Hepatitis C In America survey, top symptoms include fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Learn more about the chronic effects of hepatitis C, and how your experiences compare…

What happens after hep C is cured?

When people are cured of hepatitis C, their test results show an undetectable viral load 12 weeks after completion of treatment with direct-acting antivirals. This is called a sustained virologic response (SVR), also known as a virological cure.

Will you always test positive for hep C?

Once people have been infected, they will always have antibodies in their blood. This is true if they have cleared the virus, have been cured, or still have the virus in their blood. A reactive antibody test does notnecessarily mean that you currently have hepatitis C and a follow-up test is needed.

Do hep C antibodies ever go away?

A question often asked after clearance of the virus, also known as achieving an SVR (sustained viral response) is “What happens to the antibodies?”. Unfortunately, the antibody is with the patient for life. It does NOT go away.

Do they test your blood when you donate?

All blood for transfusion is tested for evidence of certain infectious disease pathogens, such as hepatitis B and C viruses and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The tests used to screen donated blood are listed below. For the general public, pathogens and lab tests used to detect them in donated blood.

Can you have hep C for 40 years and not know it?

People with an HCV infection commonly go without noticeable symptoms for as many as 20 to 30 years. Those who are infected experience no significant symptoms when they first acquire the infection, and then they can remain symptomless for years, even while the infection is causing damage to their liver and other organs.