Have you recently been diagnosed with “acute” (active) hepatitis a? If so, you can donate plasma and help others and earn compensation while doing so. Plasma is a crucial component in the manufacturing of test kits and into invitro-diagnostic controls. Plasma houses various proteins and antibodies for your diagnosis. Without plasma donors the very test kits that were used to diagnose you would not be available for physicians, clinics or hospitals when needed to make a conclusive diagnosis.
Since plasma is just a component of the red blood cells you are able to donate more frequently than you can with whole blood donations. Plasma is replenished within 24-48 hours allowing you to donate twice in a seven day period, whereas whole blood you can only do every 8 weeks/56-days as this is how long it takes your body to reproduce the red cells you have lost/donated in the donation process.
Participants who do qualify will be compensated $500 for each visit and all travel related expenses to get you to and from a facility is taken care of by us and is not deducted from your compensation for participation. To learn more and to inquire visit https://www.accessclinical.com or you can call 800-510-4003 to speak with a representative.
- Must have or have access to your lab tests showing active Hepatitis A
- Must be HIV, HCV and HBV Negative (no-co infections, no programs for HCV/HIV)
- Must be 18-65 years in age and weigh at least 110 pounds or more.
What is Hepatitis A:
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, that usually resolve within 2 months of infection; most children less than 6 years of age do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Antibodies produced in response to hepatitis A infection last for life and protect against reinfection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.
What is the case definition for acute hepatitis A?
The clinical case definition for acute viral hepatitis is discrete onset of symptoms consistent with hepatitis (e.g., nausea, anorexia, fever, malaise, or abdominal pain) AND either jaundice or elevated serum aminotransferase levels. Because the clinical characteristics are the same for all types of acute viral hepatitis, hepatitis A diagnosis must be confirmed by a positive serologic test for immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibody to hepatitis A virus, or the case must meet the clinical case definition and occur in a person who has an epidemiologic link with a person who has laboratory-confirmed hepatitis A (i.e., household or sexual contact with an infected person during the 15–50 days before the onset of symptoms).
How is the hepatitis A virus (HAV) transmitted?
- Person-to-person transmission through the fecal-oral route (i.e., ingestion of something that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person) is the primary means of HAV transmission in the United States. Infections in the United States result primarily from travel to another country where hepatitis A virus transmission is common, close personal contact with infected persons, sex among men who have sex with men, and behaviors associated with injection drug use
Exposure to contaminated food or water can cause common-source outbreaks and sporadic cases of HAV infection. Uncooked foods contaminated with HAV can be a source of outbreaks, as well as cooked foods that are not heated to temperatures capable of killing the virus during preparation (i.e., 185 degrees F [>85 degrees C] for one minute) and foods that are contaminated after cooking, as occurs in outbreaks associated with infected food handlers (3–5). Waterborne outbreaks are infrequent in developed countries with properly maintained sanitation and water supplies (6). In the United States, floods are unlikely to cause outbreaks of communicable diseases, and outbreaks of HAV caused by flooding have not been documented
What are the signs and symptoms of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection?
Among older children and adults, infection is typically symptomatic. Symptoms usually occur abruptly and can include the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
Most (70%) of infections in children younger than age 6 are not accompanied by symptoms. When symptoms are present, young children typically do not have jaundice; most (>70%) older children and adults with HAV infection have this symptom