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Jaundice, Hepatitis was posted 10/26/2015 09:03 am by Anonymous
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This is from American Red Cross on 'Hepatitis, Jaundice'

If you had hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) caused by a virus, or unexplained jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin), since age 11, you are not eligible to donate blood. This includes those who had hepatitis with Cytomegalovirus (CMV), or Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), the virus that causes Mononucleosis.

Acceptable if you had jaundice or hepatitis caused by something other than a viral infection, for example: medications, Gilbert's disease, bile duct obstruction, alcohol, gallstones or trauma to the liver. If you ever tested positive for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, at any age, you are not eligible to donate, even if you were never sick or jaundiced from the infection.

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I volunteered in the past on many occasions at Blood Drives, and my experience is that if you have been jaundiced at some point, even under acceptable criteria listed above, the people at Red Cross will generally advise against donation, just to be on the safe side. Others may have other experiences. Having been diagnosed with cancer adds to the caution, even with successful treatment. I do not know for sure, but I believe if you still want to donate, you would need copies of med. records to confirm basis of jaundice.

I admire people who are willing to donate and give the gift of life. If you are no longer able to do this, there is always the need for volunteers at blood drives. Also, any donation is always gratefully received.

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