Hepatitis – I had hepatitis. Can I donate?

It depends on the type of hepatitis you had.

Hepatitis A and B

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by infection (like the hepatitis A or B viruses) or an unknown cause. You need to wait at least 12 months after you’ve made a full recovery before you donate blood. When you come in, make sure you notify the interviewer so they can request some extra tests on your donation to be safe.

Hepatitis C

If you currently have or have ever had hepatitis C, you are not eligible to donate even if you completed successful treatment. 

One of the screening tests for hepatitis C tests for the hepatitis C antibody, which usually remains positive for life. Donations can’t be used if they test positive to any screening test for an infectious disease.

 

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