False positive on Hep-C test prevents cancer survivor from giving back
(KUTV) Hazel Maurer is a cancer survivor. Now, she wants to donate plasma to help others.
"I wanted to do something good for somebody," she said.
Hazel has been going to Biomat USA and has thrice donated her plasma. But when she returned a fourth time, she wasn't allowed to donate.
"He took me into a room and he told me that I, unfortunately, had Hep-C.”
Hazel says she does not have hepatitis C. A test 10 months ago by her doctor came back negative, as did a subsequent test after Biomat told hazel she had tested positive for the disease.
Sure that Biomat's test was a false positive, Hazel went back to see what she could do to donate again. Not only was she told she cannot donate at their location, she's now been banned from donating anywhere forever.
"They put me on a list saying that I cannot donate plasma, blood anywhere in the United States," she said.
In a statement to Get Gephardt, Biomat echoed what they told Hazel: false positive or not, she's not allowed to donate plasma.
Biomat says they adhere to FDA and international standards, which "require permanently deferring any individual that has screened positive" for diseases like Hep-C.
But unlike FDA regulations, which allow for re-testing and then being taken off the national deferred donor registry, Biomat takes their safety measures a step further, saying "there is no exception for subsequent negative test."
"It breaks my heart," Hazel says of finding herself black-listed due to one inaccurate test is devastating. "I know one person’s plasma and blood doesn't mean that much, but it means a lot to me to be able to give back."