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Why is it that people who had hepatitis B, and are cured, cannot donate blood? Can those who have had the vaccine donate blood?
Those who have had hepatitis B are often considered carriers, even if they no longer exhibit signs or symptoms of the disease. It is highly likely that blood banks feel that anyone at risk for hepatitis B, as indicated by past infection, are at risk for other bloodborne diseases and as a precaution do not accept their blood. Those who have had the vaccine, on the other hand, may give blood because they are not considered a risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has numerous resources on a variety of topics related to hepatitis B and the other known forms of viral hepatitis(1). A search of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) database http://www.fda.gov/ can provide some resources on blood donation policies and restrictions.
(1) CDC. National Center for Infectious Diseases. Viral Hepatitis. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/index.htm