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Hepatitis A Blood Donation

Are you a patient with Hepatitis A ?

Discovering that you have been infected with a disease can be overwhelming.  There usually are many unanswered questions and concerns that recently infected people have.  One that may come to mind is how can I help someone else that may go the same process and struggles that I have?  Participating in Research helps scientist and clinicians find new treatments, tests and quicker diagnosis methods to improve patient outcomes and hopefully prevent the disease from spreading.  You can Help! Become a Hepatitis A blood donor with PPA! The information below is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource

Become a donor

Please review the following donor requirements:

  • You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Documentation of the diagnosis and/or treatment may be required.
  • You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must weight at least 110 lbs.
  • You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and/or HIV.

To begin the Qualification Process, please fill out the Pre-Screening Form. For other questions and concerns about requirements or other information, please check out our FAQ’s. Check out the educational information below!

Hepatitis A

Definition

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is one of several types of hepatitis viruses that cause inflammation and affect your liver’s ability to function. You’re most likely to contract hepatitis A from contaminated food or water or from close contact with someone who’s infected.

Symptoms

Fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area of your liver on your right side beneath your lower ribs, clay-colored bowel movements, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, dark urine, joint pain, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).

Treatment

Mild cases of hepatitis A don’t require treatment, and most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage. Practicing good hygiene, including washing hands frequently, is one of the best ways to protect against hepatitis A. Vaccines are available for people most at risk.(Mayo Clinic, 2015)