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Old 10-07-2009, 02:37 AM   #1
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Can I donate blood if I have Herpes??

Hallo,

Please can you help. I need to know if one can donate blood if you have Herpes??? What can we do to get rid of the virus and outbreaks??

Thanx a lot

 
Old 10-07-2009, 10:01 AM   #2
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Re: Can I donate blood if I have Herpes??

Hi Chick

First I am very sorry you have this.. Herpes is not curable, but there are antiviral meds that you can take to help supress the virus and the duration that symptoms last..(Valtrex) also some trigger foods are chocolate and nuts, stress also makes a big impact on OB's, so try to avoid these triggers if at all possible. Yes you can give blood, Herpes shows up in the blood stream but it is not passed through the blood, like HIV or Hepatitus, so blood donation is fine.. Herpes is passed through skin to skin contact with an infected partner or person... I hope I have helped to clarify, the herpes handbook is also a very good source of information, you can ******** it from the internet.. feel better soon... Take Care

 
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #3
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Re: Can I donate blood if I have Herpes??

The herpes antibodies are what is tested for in the blood, not the actual virus. It is safe to donate the blood.

 
Old 10-07-2009, 10:09 PM   #4
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Re: Can I donate blood if I have Herpes??

Thank you kindly!!

 
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