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A 58-year-old male asked:

How long can you live with hepatitis c?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Varies: Depends upon multiple factors, but this is treatable. Many cases of hep c can be resolved with modern combination therapy. Go see a hepatologist or id doctor who deals in this.
Dr. Larry Maturani
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Difficult to answer: Some people have chronic infection and as long as they take their medication, they can keep viral load in check and live normal life. Then there are those who go on to cirrhosis or hepatocellular cancer and the complications that go with it. I advise to follow up with your doctor. Get blood work as they recommend and follow their advise.

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How can a person with, hepatitis C live?

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Normal: Majority of people with hep c live a normal life but have to take certain precautions. They learn to avoid certain products like alcohol, illicit drugs, medications which has tylenol, (acetaminophen) seek alternative therapies to maintain healthy liver function, and they live with constant hope of finding a cure. If hep c is associated with liver dysfunction, special interferon therapy can be used for suppression.
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How long can hepatitis C live outside the body?

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Can I live a normal life with hepatitis c?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Sure--need treatment: Hepatitis c is common, & nowadays there is excellent treatment for it in the form of "triple drug" therapy with expectation in most patients of cure (svr=sustained virologic response). The sooner the virus is killed off, the less damage your liver sustains. The drug combination is a prolonged course, & its side efffects are great. However, untreated hepatitis c leads to cirrhosis & liver cancer.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long before i can get tested for hepatitis c?

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Your call: You can be tested whenever you want. If you have risk factors (body fluid/sexual contact with a known infected person, or IV drug use, etc) than get tested. Otherwise, hepatitis is not a routine test to get. If you just want to know if you have hepatitis, volunteer to donate blood at your local red cross, and they will test you for several diseases (including hepatitis) for free as a screen.
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How long hepatitis C survive on surfaces?

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Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Hepatitis C: Dried blood spots contaminated and left on inanimate surfaces can remain infectious in ordinary room temperatures for up to six weeks. At 100 degrees, the virus retains its infectivity for up to a week.

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