Sanquin Blood Supply is always on the lookout for donors with enough antibodies against hepatitis A in their blood.
The antibodies may have developed because you had an infection with the hepatitis A virus and were cured of it. To make sure the antibody levels are high enough, we will test this first. If you have enough antibodies against hepatitis A, you can become a plasma donor for this specific plasma donation.
What is hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver that is caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus can cause jaundice, and is transmitted via contaminated food or water. That is why hepatitis A is most common in countries where hygiene is lacking, for example in the tropics.
In the Netherlands, hepatitis A was more common in the past than it is now. People born before the Second World War often had jaundice (hepatitis A) when they were younger and have antibodies against hepatitis A in their blood.
What can your plasma do?
The antibodies in your plasma can be administered to people who have come into contact with the hepatitis A virus. This can weaken the disease, or even prevent it entirely.