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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long after a person is infected with hepatitis c until he dies?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Highly variable: Most people control their infection with hep c and never develop symptomatic disease. Others are effectively treated before there is major damage to the liver. Some may go on to develop cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and complications thereof. Some with cirrhosis have liver transplantation. Some have alcohol consumption worsen their condition. No way to predict outcomes.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that a person get infected with hepatitis C when a person scratches the infected persons?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Camilla Graham
Infectious Disease 27 years experience
Probably not: Hepatitis c is only transmitted when small amounts of blood from one person get inside someone else. Presumably, if you accidentally scratched someone, even if they bled, it would have only gotten on your skin and not inside. If someone with hcv has a sore that bleeds, they need to cover it and make sure they avoid contact with others.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get hepatitis C from an infected person sexually?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Rahimi
Hepatology 9 years experience
Yes but Hep C low: Hepatitis c can be transmitted through sexual contact. However, if you are in a monogamous relationship, hepatitis c is transmitted.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Best friend is infected with viral hepatitis C will she die soon?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Likely not soon: Although hepatitis c can result in cirrhosis and liver cancer, the process takes a number of decades from initial infection if it does at all. Therapy is available as well to prevent this. Despite some gloom, most people who have the virus, when they die, they die with it, not of it.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How could a person get hepatitis c?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
HCV : Is usually spread from contaminated or shared needles. It is less likely to spread sexually or from infected mother to neonate than hbv.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What to do if i might have been infected with hepatitis C -- how long should I wait to do a blood test?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Now: You should get a blood test now, but then repeat it in 3 to 6 months, to make sure (sometimes the blood test takes up to 6 months to become positive).

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