Aa
A
A
Close
475300 tn?1312426726
organ donor question
Since my drivers license needs renewed this year I have been wondering if we can still be organ donors.  Hopefully my one year post test will still be negative, it should be but I think we all worry about that.  Thanks

Denise
Cancel
11 Answers
Page 1 of 1
408795 tn?1324939275
No we can not be donors, another side of being in this exclusive club.lol   Yes your 1 yr. will continue to be negative, and you will continue with your SVR!!  good luck

Comment
Cancel
408795 tn?1324939275
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
I renewed my DL last month and, it was only at that time, that I realized that I was still down as an organ donor.  I took it off.
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
You should remain an organ donor because you never know. HCV is not a
disqualification. Many HCV positive organs have been transplanted into HCV positive recipients and perhaps HCV negative recipients as well.

From: http://hepatitis.about.com/od/questions/f/OrganDonor.htm

"...Some people think that having hepatitis means that they can't be an organ donor. This is a myth. People can still be an organ donor and have acute or even chronic hepatitis.

Organ donation is a tremendous act of kindness, and there is a great need for organ donors of all ages. In fact, there is no age limit. Even if your liver isn't in good enough shape for donation, perhaps other organs and tissues could be used by someone else.

Here are examples of organs, in addition to the liver, that can be used: heart, intestines, kidneys, lungs and pancreas. In addition, certain tissues can also be used: bones, corneas, sclerae, tendons and certain veins.

There are, however, diseases that will prevent organ donation. Examples of two relatively common diseases include being HIV positive and having actively spreading cancer."

We should get the straight because almost invariably the answer to this question is inaccurate. People who don't know are always quick to respond with: NO.
We should all be donors and just let the doctors determine the suitability of our organs for transplant.

Mike
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
179856 tn?1333550962
Unfortunately even though we don't have the disease any longer we do carry the antibodies so they won't let us.........lots of us have been disappointed about that fact too.
Comment
Cancel
179856 tn?1333550962
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
This is the danger from inaccurate information. You can still be a donor but you have opted out. That strikes me as sad.
Mike
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
You can't give blood. You CAN be an organ donor. People should check facts INDEPENDENTLY before posting anything, especially this important  and not simply repeat something they've heard here which is wrong 50% of the time.
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Amen!
Thanks and hopefully this will get through. Unfortunately I have posted accurate information regarding this issue at least once and probably more but it hasn't sunk in. With this issue people act so confident and certain that they know what they're talking about and almost always they're absolutely wrong. I know that I'm biased about this subject but I do think repeating this lie can not be helpful to those in desperate need.
Mike
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
179856 tn?1333550962
"You can't give blood. You CAN be an organ donor."

How bizarre is that.  Makes NO sense to me (Our blood drive was just here at work and I didn't think to ask because I ASSumed since I'd read it here before that both were out of the question).

Sometimes it is GOOD to be wrong. It's just good I didn't die before finding out (but I wouldn't have known so it wouldn't have bothered me).

Comment
Cancel
179856 tn?1333550962
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
The logic is probably something like this. Blood is more readily available than organs so it's probably easier to just refuse blood from those with HCV so as not to infect others. In the case of organs, I assume at some point in the process these organs are designated as HCV positive organs and therefore the potential recepients and doctors can make an informed decision prior to transplant. Perhaps Mike has more info on this.

-- Jim
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
You are right, it is sad, but I did so thinking I was doing the right thing.  Now that I've been corrected, I intend to change it.  I have to say it is very confusing!
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Thanks Meakea.
It's best to be listed as an organ donor and allow the doctors to determine whether any of your organs are suitable for transplantation - they just might be.
Mike
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
475300 tn?1312426726
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Recent Activity
317787 tn?1463415842
Blank
Dee1956 uploaded a new photo
16 hrs ago
317787 tn?1463415842
Blank
Dee1956 commented on Belle313's status
May 29
18227105 tn?1463525612
Blank
Blank
Weight Tracker
Track your weight over time
Start Tracking Now
Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1463415842
Blank
Dee1956
DC
Avatar m tn
Blank
can-do-man
IN
1815939 tn?1377995399
Blank
pooh55811
446474 tn?1446351282
Blank
HectorSF
San Francisco, CA
683231 tn?1438659664
Blank
flyinlynn
Auburn, WA
163305 tn?1333672171
Blank
orphanedhawk
Rural Mural, CA
Hepatitis C Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1463415842
Blank
Dee1956
DC
Avatar m tn
Blank
can-do-man
IN
1815939 tn?1377995399
Blank
pooh55811
446474 tn?1446351282
Blank
HectorSF
San Francisco, CA
683231 tn?1438659664
Blank
flyinlynn
Auburn, WA
163305 tn?1333672171
Blank
orphanedhawk
Rural Mural, CA