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#1 Posted on 21.11.04 1309.12
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Hey, I have a blood giving question and if anyone can help me with this I would be fully thankful. Around the middle to end of 2000, my Grandfather got cancer which later took his life by the middle of 2001. (Quick sad story, my Grandmother had to deal with my Grandfather's Cancer and death and of course she took time off from work, where she worked at the Pentagon. After taking sometime off after his funeral, she returned to work 9/10/01, a day before 9/11. Luckly she was on the other side of the building when all hell broke loose.) Anyway, when my Grandfather was sick my family, including me went to donate blood. Well, I did my part and gave. Only to have it turned out that I may have had "hepatitis C". So they threw away my blood and whatnot and I had to go get tested to make sure I didn't have "hepatitis C", which I am thankful to say I don't.

So anyway, I thought about giving blood again but my roomate says that because I might have had "hepatitis C" I have been red flagged and cannot give blood anymore even know I don't have "hepatitis C". So what I wanted to know is, can I give blood or is there some system I have to go threw to clear my name or can I just not give blood anymore?

Thank you for reading my long post for my "quick" question.

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#2 Posted on 21.11.04 1701.26
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I'd say call your doctor to get the results to give to the blood center showing that you don't have Hepatitis C. If you don't, the and/or any blood center would be stupid to throw away perfectly good blood, then.
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#3 Posted on 21.11.04 1707.38
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Wow, something I actually know about!

When you donate, you are always required to fill out a health history questionare. One of the questions is specificly about HepC and another is about "have you every been told not to donate". Fill them out honestly and then you will be screened. If you tell the screener that you have been alerted that you MAY have Hep C, but tests were negative they may allow you to donate, but dont worry, either way, every single unit is screened for a number of blood borne pathigens. (spelling?) IF there is anything that would be in your blood, you will be contacted and your blood destroyed. You can have the antigen (I think thats the term) in you blood, but not the disease. If that is the case they will ask you to not donate again, if that ISNT the case, they will not contact you and will use your blood. Either way, make sure you have good contact information on your health history form, so they can match your bag up with your name and address and be able to contact you if anything shows up.
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#4 Posted on 21.11.04 1710.43
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Sad news buddy, you can't give blood anymore. I'm a lab technology student with a focus in blood banking and the FDA and the American Association of Blood Banks say "Donors with a confirmed test for hepatitis Antigens are indefinitely deferred."

Basically, Hepatitis C is a tricky, very dangerous disease. Some people get it, nothing happens and it goes away. Some people get it, have a acute liver failure and die. Since you had a positive for the test, it means you probably had it a while ago and nothing happened and it went away. But your blood still carries the "memory" of the disease. Just like chicken pox, once you get it you are pretty much immune to it. But introducing that memory into someone else's blood can give them hepatitis. You are like a carrier of the disease. It's not a biggie. As long as you were checked by a doctor and don't currently have hepatitis you should be fine. You just can't donate blood. Sorry to be the barer of bad news.
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#5 Posted on 21.11.04 1828.15
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    Originally posted by Toast Jr
    Sad news buddy, you can't give blood anymore. I'm a lab technology student with a focus in blood banking and the FDA and the American Association of Blood Banks say "Donors with a confirmed test for hepatitis Antigens are indefinitely deferred."

    Basically, Hepatitis C is a tricky, very dangerous disease. Some people get it, nothing happens and it goes away. Some people get it, have a acute liver failure and die. Since you had a positive for the test, it means you probably had it a while ago and nothing happened and it went away. But your blood still carries the "memory" of the disease. Just like chicken pox, once you get it you are pretty much immune to it. But introducing that memory into someone else's blood can give them hepatitis. You are like a carrier of the disease. It's not a biggie. As long as you were checked by a doctor and don't currently have hepatitis you should be fine. You just can't donate blood. Sorry to be the barer of bad news.


But the thing is the doctor visit where I went said that the blood drive place was wrong and I didn't have it and no indication of ever having it.
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#6 Posted on 21.11.04 1837.04
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I would call the organization that you wanted to give blood at, and ask them what to do. They are a lot more likely to know how to fix this than we are.
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#7 Posted on 21.11.04 2341.22
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If you call, they will definately tell you that you cannot donate. If the first place had a false positive, I would try to donate again, and if it pops up again, then you know they were right the first time. If not, then you may, MAY be in the clear.
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#8 Posted on 22.11.04 1515.29
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    Originally posted by XPacArmy
    But the thing is the doctor visit where I went said that the blood drive place was wrong and I didn't have it and no indication of ever having it.


Ah, I misunderstood you before. But your question was so odd, I decided to go and investigate at school today. However, the state of Florida has their own state board that regulates this stuff, so your own mileage may vary.

Anyway, if you are sure that you got a false positive before and have a confirmed negative from your doctor, you ARE able to give blood again. You are probably flagged in that specific blood bank's computer, so I would bring the documentation from your doctor along so they can mark it as such. In fact, it's probably a good idea to bring it just in case no matter where you go to donate, since they ask you if you have ever been refused before.
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#9 Posted on 22.11.04 1631.57
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Why is there not a blood bank that wants my blood as much as I want to give?

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#10 Posted on 23.11.04 1951.54
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I had the same thing happen to me when I went to give blood on 9/11/02. The Red Cross sent me a letter that said basically that my blood was no good because it had elevated levels of something. The letter went on to say that this could come from about a billion things, such as exercising hard, drinking alcohol the night before, or incidentally Hep C. Really freaked me out because my girlfriend's mom had Hep C and it really fucked up her life for a number of years. Turns out that playing Ultimate Frisbee and doing shots of Tequila with the frat boys will get you the same result. Gah, what a horrifying letter that was.

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