Question: Can You Donate Blood If You Have Hep C Antibodies?

Can you donate blood if you are cured of Hep C?

No, you cannot donate blood if you ever had hepatitis C, even if you spontaneously cleared the virus or if you were successfully cured with medication..

Can you donate blood if you have hepatitis antibodies?

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.

Is Hep C contagious after cure?

Summary: Patients with chronic hepatitis C that has been resolved through therapy or immune response may still be able to infect others with the virus. Patients with chronic hepatitis C that has been resolved through therapy or immune response may still be able to infect others with the virus.

Can Hep C go into remission?

Untreated hepatitis C can lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis and cancer. The good news is that the virus can go into remission with the right treatment. Doctors refer to remission as a sustained virological response (SVR).

Do hep C antibodies 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.

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.

What does it mean if you have Hep C antibodies?

A reactive or positive antibody test means you have been infected with the hepatitis C virus at some point in time. 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.

Can Hep C be transmitted through saliva?

Hepatitis C is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. It is also not spread through food or water.

Can you be a carrier of Hep C and not have it?

Because some people infected with the hepatitis C virus do not develop the acute illness, they may not be aware that they are chronic carriers. They can, however, pass the virus on to other people.

What is a positive hep C result?

A positive result usually means that you’ve been exposed to the hepatitis C virus. A positive result can occasionally be a false positive. A negative result means that no antibodies have been detected in your bloodstream.

Are you ever cured of Hep C?

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.

How long can a person live after being diagnosed with Hep C?

How long can you live with untreated hep C? The disease affects everyone differently, so there’s no rule. But about 70% to 80% of people with will get chronic help C. Within 20 years, about 20% to 30% of those people will get cirrhosis.

Can Hep C antibodies but no virus?

If the antibody test is positive, then you might have hepatitis C, but it’s hardly definitive. According to the CDC, approximately 15%–25% of people who are infected with hepatitis C are able to clear the virus on their own. This means that they have hepatitis C antibodies, but no virus. No virus means no hepatitis C.

Can Hep C come back after successful 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.