Does your blood contain enough antibodies against hepatitis B? Then you can help us by becoming a plasma donor.
You may have developed antibodies because you once had an infection with the hepatitis B virus and were cured of it. Or maybe you have been vaccinated against hepatitis B and have created antibodies that way. To make sure the antibody levels are high enough, we will test this first.
What is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. The inflammation of the liver may be accompanied by jaundice. You can become infected with the virus if it comes into contact with your blood, damaged skin or mucous membranes.
About 95% of infected people defeat the virus. These people form protective antibodies against hepatitis B. In about 5% of infected people, the virus remains in their body for life. These chronic hepatitis B carriers remain contagious.
What can your plasma do?
The antibodies in your plasma can be used to treat people who are contaminated with hepatitis B. If these antibodies are administered soon after contamination, an infection with hepatitis B can even be prevented.
In babies whose mother is infected with the hepatitis B virus, the antibodies from your plasma can help protect the baby by immediately administering the antibodies after birth.