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Donating blood

My daughter wants me to go to donate blood at the school blood drive next week. I haven't donated in years, because when I was 18, I got the HPV (genital warts) virus from a guy I was with (scumbag--long story). Anyway, I haven't had a breakout in about 5 years and had almost forgotten it was ever even a problem. So can I donate blood? Is the virus still in my blood and would it be communicable that way (through a blood transfusion)? I can't find any info on this on the Red Cross website. Anyone know?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:16 PM on Oct. 10, 2008 in Health

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  • Yes, you can donate.
    This is from the Red Cross' website...

    Sexually Transmitted Disease
    Wait 12 months after treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea.
    Acceptable if it has been more than 12 months since you completed treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea.
    Chlamydia, venereal warts (human papilloma virus), or genital herpes are not a cause for deferral if you are feeling healthy and well and meet all other eligibility requirements.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 10:28 PM on Oct. 10, 2008