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Can you donate blood if you have herpes?


In general, people with herpes are allowed to donate blood as long as they are feeling well and do not have an active outbreak at the time of donation. However, individuals diagnosed with herpes simplex virus (HSV) within the past year may be temporarily prevented from donating blood, depending on the blood bank or donation center’s policies.

It’s important to note that blood banks and donation centers screen all donated blood for infectious diseases, including herpes. This screening process helps to ensure that donated blood is safe for transfusion and minimizes the risk of transmitting infections to the recipient.

If you have herpes and are considering donating blood, it’s important to inform the donation center staff of your medical history and any medications you are taking. This information can help ensure that you are eligible to donate and that the blood is safe for transfusion.

It’s also important to note that while herpes is not considered a life-threatening condition, individuals who have had recent herpes outbreaks or who experience frequent outbreaks may be advised to avoid blood donation until their condition is under control. This is because frequent outbreaks or severe outbreaks may indicate a weakened immune system, which could make it more difficult to recover from blood donation.