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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?

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 more

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What is hepatitis c?

What is hepatitis c?

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 more

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What is hepatitis C?

What is hepatitis C?

Infection: It is a viral infection that affects the liver ...Read more

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What causes hepatitis c?

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 more

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Why is hepatitis C so bad?

Why is hepatitis C so bad?

Cirrhosis and Cancer: It can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer (hcch. ...Read more

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Does hepatitis C have a cure?

Possibly: There are several treatments, but depending on the person and the strain of virus, not everyone is cured. ...Read more

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Can I be cured of hepatitis c?

Can I be cured of hepatitis c?

Yes: Depending on the genotype, the cure rate can be over 90%. New medications make treatment easier and the results better. ...Read more

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Looking for what in hepatitis c?

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

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What is medicine of hepatitis c?

What is medicine of hepatitis c?

Hep C treatment: Standard treatment for hepatitis c has been with peginterferon and ribavirin. Response rates varied depending on the type of hep c virus (called genotype). There are new medications boceprevir and telaprevir which have improved response to treatment. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis C really be cured?

Yes: Yes there are medications available to cure it. They are not 100%, but newer meds are becoming available, with very high success rates ...Read more

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How can you contract hepatitis c?

Contracting Hep C: Hepatitis C can be contracted by:
Blood transfusions, IV drug use, vertical transmission (mother to child), sexual exposure, tattooing, Cocaine intranasal use, dialysis and needle stick injuries.
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What to do if I have hepatitis c?

Testing first: OK. Firstly there's a couple things we need to know. There are several genotypes to hepatitis C...we need to know which you have. Second check a viral load. Third, liver function tests, AFP, CEA and GGT. A Hep C Fibrosure will indicate if there is liver fibrosis. There is a new med just out called Harvoni. Before this. Treatment was with interferon and ribaviron. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Yes...maybe: Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C prevalent in the us?

3to 5 million in US: 200 million people are affected world wide that is 3.3 % of world population. In usa it is estimated 3 to 5 million people are infected. ...Read more

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Who can be treated for hepatitis c?

Everybody: Everybody should be treated for hepatitis C. There are however certain exceptions in which patients may not be able to be treated due to interactions with other medications, or other unstable medical conditions which would preclude treatment ...Read more

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How does hepatitis C usually begin?

Asymptomatically: This is a viral infection which over time causes liver damage. It is typically transmitted from one person to another by sharing needles, Cocaine straws and by blood transfusions received before 1991. It can cause fatigue but most have no symptoms. ...Read more

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How do people contract hepatitis c?

How do people contract hepatitis c?

Contact with blood: One can catch hepatitis C from an infected person by getting the infected person's blood into oneself by activities such as: sharing needles during drug abuse, accidental needle-sticks, being born to a hepc+ mother, sharing razors or toothbrushes, or having sex. Transmission of hepc virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon. ...Read more

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How can hepatitis C start to form?

How can hepatitis C start to form?

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. ...Read more

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How could a person get hepatitis c?

HCV: Is usually spread from contaminated or shared needles. It is less likely to spread sexually or from infected mother to neonate than hbv. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hepatitis c?

Hep C: Jandice may occur (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Abdominal pain, fever and weight loss are also seen. In the vast majority of cases people have no idea and are finding it incidentally. ...Read more

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I have hepatitis c.What should I do?

Hepatologist: I recommend that an experienced gastroenterologist or hepatologist evaluate, treat and follow you carefully. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have hepatitis c?

Blood test: Through a blood test that will check for antibodies. The sooner you know, the better. ...Read more

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What is typical cause for hepatitis c?

Body fluid exchange: The most common reason for a hepatitis c infection is due to body fluid exposure, especially blood (i.e. Transfusion). ...Read more

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Who should get tested for hepatitis c?

Hep C testing: The "old answer" would be:
1. Abnormal "lfts"
2. At-risk conditions - eg. Blood transfusions pre-1993, any history if IV drug use (even once), history of jaundice or hepatitis etc. Etc.

But,
the CDC is contemplating recommending all us people born between 1946 and 1965 (and maybe 1970) should be screened once.
http://www. Hhs. Gov/ash/initiatives/hepatitis/actionplan_viralhepatitis2011.pdf. ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat hepatitis c?

Is there any way to treat hepatitis c?

Yes: Yes, the treatment for hepatitis c is now very effective, often leading to complete cure. However, it can be difficult. Easier treatments are coming soon. Whether you can afford to wait for them or not depends mostly on the results of your liver biopsy. ...Read more

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How long can you live with hepatitis c?

How long can you live with hepatitis c?

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about hepatitis c?

Its a virus: Usually transmitted by contact blood to blood (needles, blood transfusions, sex, etc).
It lives chronically in the liver.
There is treatment available. ...Read more

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What drug is used to treat hepatitis c?

What drug is used to treat hepatitis c?

2 new drugs: Within the last few month, 2 new drugs have come out that are in pill forms and FDA approved (without interferon injections) that cure hepatitis C in > 95% of patients. Talk to your liver doctor who can help determine if Harvoni or Viekira Pak is right for you, based on your medication insurance coverage. There are other medications out there depending on the strain of virus you have. ...Read more

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How can a person with, hepatitis C live?

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. ...Read more

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Can you have hepatitis C and never know?

Can you have hepatitis C and never know?

Yes: Having hepatitis c usually doesn't cause signs or symptoms until cirrhosis develops. The new cdc recommends that everyone born between 1945-1965 get tested. If you are concerned, there is a simple blood test that can be done to determine if you have hep c. ...Read more

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