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Can I Donate Blood After Having Hepatitis B?

Can I Donate Blood After Having Hepatitis B?

Is it possible to donate blood after having hepatitis B?
Josh*

Hepatitis B is one of the viruses that cause hepatitis. One way that someone can become infected with the hepatitis B virus is through blood.

People infected with hepatitis B may carry the virus without even knowing it. They can pass it to others through blood or sexual contact. Because of this, anyone who has ever tested positive for hepatitis B cannot donate blood.

It's not just hepatitis B that affects who can donate blood. Other types of viral hepatitis, HIV, and some infections can mean that a person can't give blood.

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: 2018-08-02