Can I donate blood with hepatitis C.

Blood donations and hepatitis: safety with laboratory diagnostics

Thorough laboratory control of blood samples

The guidelines of the German Medical Association and the Paul Ehrlich Institute regulate: Before donating blood, the donor must undergo a blood test. Laboratory doctors check, among other things, whether antibodies indicate infectious diseases. Donated blood is only used if further laboratory tests show, in addition to other values, that there is no infection with hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV). Doctors only release blood plasma for treatment if the donor again shows no signs of infection in the blood at least four months after the donation.

Protect against hepatitis

Typical sources of infection for hepatitis include unprotected sex, unsterile tattoo needles, poor sanitary conditions when traveling, or spoiled seafood. Vaccinations protect against the pathogens causing hepatitis A and B. There is still no vaccine against HCV. Simple rules of conduct such as safe sex and hygiene when piercing body jewelry minimize the risk of infection. If a family member has HCV, items that could transmit blood (razor blades, nail scissors, toothbrushes) should be kept separately and kept out of the reach of children. Fatigue, unexplained upper abdominal complaints, poor performance, as well as itching and joint problems can indicate an infection. If you are unsure, you should talk to your doctor about a hepatitis C test: 50 to 85 percent of infections are chronic and, if left untreated, damage the liver.


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