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FAQ: Can I donate blood?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I donate blood?

No, you cannot donate blood if you have hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood so your donated blood would infect anyone who receives your blood as a transfusion. Every blood donation is rigorously tested for hepatitis C as well as hepatitis B and HIV and other diseases. Those who donate are notified if any of their donated blood is at all suggestive of these or other diseases.

So, although you shouldn't try to donate blood if you have hepatitis C, even if you did actually donate, the blood would be tested and then would not be used for another patient.