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Active Or Inactive Hepatitis C
I was positive for hepatitis C and then my doctor took another test to see if it was active. It was and it was 4 million what does that mean?
Active : Viral load or count doesn't mean anything other than an active infection. The absolute value has no relevance other than for determining length of treatment in a patient that has never received treatment and does not have cirrhosis. Harvoni for example can be used for 8 weeks instead of 12 in genotype 1 patients. You're genotype needs to be determined more than anything ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
A virus: Hepatitis c is a virus that affects the liver. It is transmitted by blood contact. About 20% of people fight it off quickly. The rest it keeps attacking the liver for years/ decades. Some people get fatigue, some don't notice it. Around 20 years of this attack the liver develop cirrhosis and even failure. There are treatments available, although work is being done on better options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause of Hepatitis C: This is one of the viruses that cause inflammation and prolonged damage to the liver. The main viruses are given alphabet labels to distinguish them from each other. Hepatiits a is food and water born and some oral ingestion. Hepatitis b is at high risk in blood and body fluid transmission . And hep c is found predominantly in the drug using populations, especially injectors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often nothing: Most cases of hepatitis c infection in humans do not manifest any symptoms unless cirrhosis or liver cancer occur. Many cases are picked up by screening in people with abnormal liver tests but many have totally normal liver tests. Complications are higher when the chronic carrier drinks a lot of alcohol. Acute hepatitis c is rarely diagnosed. ...Read more