Red Cross & positive test for Hepatitis B Core Antigen
I donated blood almost 10 years ago while in highschool and I received a letter from the Red Cross informing me that they could not use my blood due to a test related to Hepatitis B at the time I brought it up with my parents and they told me not to worry about it and that it was a mistake.
A couple of weeks ago I donated blood to the Red Cross again and I recently received a letter rejecting my blood due to a positive test for "Antibodies to Hepatitis B Core Antigen (anti-HBc, IgG, and IgM)". The letter states that other testing that was performed indicates that I am not likely currently infected with HBV.
I'm curious as to how serious this is, the letter indicates that it could be a false positive, but after donating twice and receiving a HBV rejection twice I'm concerned.
I'm not sure if I've had immunizations. I've lived in the US my whole life. If the immunization is something that is standardly given to children I imagin I've probably had it, but I have not had anything done as an adult.
I'm not Asian.
From what I remember of the conversation my parents thought it was a mistake because I'd never been sick. It was before I was sexually active and I'd never had a blood transfusion. Basically they just thought it was impossible.
It will probably be a month or so before I can visit a doctor to get checked out, so it'll be a while before I get any test results, but the results of the tests the Red Cross ran are:
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) NEG
Antibodies to Hepatitis B Core Antigen
(anti-HBc, IgG and IgM) POS
Hepatitis B Virus Nucleic Acid Test
(may be unlicensed) NEG
I was planning on visiting the doctor soon to have a regular check-up anyway, I think I'll just bring the letter the RC sent with me and see what advice the doctor has to offer.
I recently donated blood. And I was told that "I might likely have Hep C". But what the Red Cross did not know was that a little over a month and week prior to donation I had just been tested for all Hepatitis, and had liver utlra-sounds which concluded high Bilirubin with no liver damage or blockage.
And I was told that these findings, which were ABSENT OF ALL FORMS OF HEPATITIS, indicate that I could have Gilbert's Syndrome.
So their ultra sensitive tests can detect high Biliriben and interpret it as Hepatitis. And rare blood types like my AB+ mixed with Gilbert's Biliruben might be more likely than not to get false positives.
Get a Hepatitis Panel.
Because like I said I had a Hep panel done a few weeks before donating. So the Red Cross had me FAX my panel over to them. And now they are reviewing to have me re instated as a donor.
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