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A 44-year-old member asked:

how soon can i get tested for hepatitis c if i took chances?

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Dr. Stephen Cheng
Transplant Surgery 35 years experience
Took chances?: I'm not sure what you meant by taking chances. That aside, if a healthy person is exposed to hepatitis c and becomes infected with it, blood tests can often detect the new infection within 2 to 4 weeks following the exposure (hepatitis c RNA and liver enzymes). If a new infection is detected early, with current drug treatment, the chance of cure from hepatitis c is well over 90%.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can there be a way to know if you are immune to hepatitis c?

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Dr. Camilla Graham
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Never truly immune: About 25% of people exposed to hepatitis c will develop antibodies but their RNA pcr test will be negative because their immune system spontaneously cleared it. However, if these people get exposed again, they might develop chronic infection. So there is no true immunity against chronic infection.
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A female asked about a 39-year-old male:

If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis c, is it possible to still have it after 22 years even thought symptoms aren't shown?

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Dr. Leena Varughese
Pathology 13 years experience
Yes: It's possible to have hepatitis c without any symptoms and the only way to know if you are still infected is to have a blood test to check for hepatitis c.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Absolutely. This situation is actually more common than its clearing itself.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can there be a natural cure for hepatitis c?

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Dr. Camilla Graham
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Yes: About 25% of people will spontaneously eliminate hepatitis c from their livers by their own immune response. However, for the majority of people who are not do fortunate and develop chronic infection, the only way to cure hcv is antiviral medications. High dose intravenous milk thistle may help, but blueberry extract, milk thistle pills, chinese herbs etc will not cure hcv.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my question is, is there a name for the bloating that comes from hepatitis C ?

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Dr. Imran Saeed
Colon and Rectal Surgery 19 years experience
There is no special: Name for bloating. Depending on the severity of the disease you can develop fluid buildup in the abdome called ascites which may give you a feeling of fullnes and bloatedness.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can someone do if they are suffering from hepatitis c?

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Dr. Camilla Graham
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Stop alcohol: The first thing is stop alcohol until you find out how much damage your liver has suffered. Make sure you have been vaccinated against hepatitis a and b if not previously exposed. Go to a specialist who can help you figure out the kind of hepatitis c you have (genotype) and how much scarring (fibrosis) there is. This can be done with a blood test. These will help you know how and when to be cured.

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