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You can prevent some forms of aplastic anemia by avoiding exposure to toxins, radiation and medications that can cause the disease. To avoid being infected with hepatitis B virus (which can cause aplastic anemia), you can get the hepatitis B vaccine. HIV and hepatitis B can be prevented by practicing safe sex and not using intravenous drugs.

Some forms of aplastic anemia cannot be prevented.

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