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how is hcv transmitted?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Sexual contact,blood: Since hepatitis c (hcv) is 'blood borne' it is transmitted by sexual contact with a person infected with hepatitis c or sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes. Other ways: sharing needles (iv drug use), needlestick injuries in health care settings and infants can be born to hcv+ mothers. Tattoos (unsterile) possible too.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

Can HCV be spread by sexual activity?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Possibly: Although not 100% it is possible to spread hcv sexually. Partners should be aware of the risk, and both people should be vaccinated against hbv.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Can HCV be spread within a household?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes/No: Hepatits c is only passed by blood. So, one should not share razors or toothbrushes in the household if they have hepatitis c. One should probably also retain from sexual intercourse during their menses. Otherwise, someone with hepatitis C should not be able to spread it within his/her empty household.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How is HCV spread?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Bodily Fluids: Like other blood borne diseases, it can be spread during exchange of bodily fluids this commonly includes IV drug use, sexual encounters, improper tattoos, during birth of a child and previously with blood transfusions.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What are the main symptoms of hcv?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Usually none: Often found as incidental abnormalities on liver chemistry tests, leads to hep testing. Can have no symptoms, fatigue, aches/pains, anemia, jaundice, weight loss, fluid/weight gain, abdominal swelling, easy bruising, other symptoms of liver disease, personality changes, abnormal mental status, etc.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What're the side effects of stopping HCV treatment?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Incomplete treatment: Conventional treatment regimens for hcv have many potential side effects. Many of these will reverse once treatment ceases. There is no significant consequence however to prematurely terminating hcv treatment prior to its completion, other than the expectation that viral cure will not be achieved. If you can tough out the side effects and you're showing early treatment response, finish treatment.

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