A 45-year-old member asked:
how can hepatitis c start to form?
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Dr. Camilla Graham answered
26 years experience Infectious Disease
Start liver disease: When someone is exposed to hepatitis c, the virus can be detected in the blood by 2 -4 weeks, and antibody by 3 -6 months. Initially there is a lot of inflammation of the liver as the immune system tries to fight hcv (about 25% of the time the body wins and clears hcv). For 75% of people, over the next several decades there is slow development of scarring, which can lead to cirrhosis.
Answered on Mar 3, 2014
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