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Can I get hepatitis C through blood transfusions in the us?

Can I get hepatitis C through blood transfusions in the us?

Extremely unlikely: Our blood supply in the us has multiple mechanisms to reduce the risk of acquiring hepatitis c through transfusion to less than 1 in 1.6 million. However, tens of thousands of people got hepatitis c through blood transfusions prior to 1992 and so anyone who had a transfusion before 1992 should be tested for hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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Can hep c live outside of blood? If i wash off contaminated blood off a surface can there still be the hep c virus present? If so can it transfer from object to object? My main question is, can hep c live ouside of blood onve a person bleeds it out?

Can hep c live outside of blood? If i wash off contaminated blood off a surface can there still be the hep c virus present? If so can it transfer from object to object? My main question is, can hep c live ouside of blood onve a person bleeds it out?

NO: Is the short answer. Viruses live in cells and cannot survive outside of human tissues for more than a very brief time. You get hep c by direct transfer of blood or tissue to another individual, most commonly by needle use. ...Read more

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How is hepatitis b and c borne in the blood?

How is hepatitis b and c borne in the blood?

The viruses: Are present in the plasma part of the blood. ...Read more

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

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I live in the  us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

Rare: The chance to get transfused with hepatitis b contaminated blood product is estimated at 1/63, 000 - 1/500, 000 per unit of product. ...Read more

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Can I get toxoplasmosis through blood transfusion?

Can I get toxoplasmosis through blood transfusion?

Environmental likely: This is likely aquired through your environment, particularly when dealing with cats. Since they pass it out with their feces, it can be aquired through outdoor exposure, especially if walking barefoot. It can possibly be aquired through blood transfusion, like cmv, but more likely one has already got it and the immune system handles it. If immunosuppressed, like in aids, it can reactivate. ...Read more

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In order to get hepatitis g does the infected persons blood have to come in contact with uninfected person blood? Is there other ways of transmission?

In order to get hepatitis g does the infected persons blood have to come in contact with uninfected person blood? Is there other ways of transmission?

Yes, unknown: Transfused blood containing hgv has caused some cases of hepatitis. Patients with hemophilia and other bleeding conditions who require large amounts of blood or blood products are at risk of hepatitis g. Hgv has been identified in between 1-2% of blood donors in the United States. At risk are patients with kidney disease who have blood exchange by hemodialysis. Sexual transmission may also occur. ...Read more

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Can i get HIV by a puncture with discarded needles o syringes? How many time does the virus survive outside the body?

Can i get HIV by a puncture with discarded needles o syringes? How many time does the virus survive outside the body?

HIV: Hiv can be transmitted through needles and syringes contaminated with infected blood. Hiv may survive for up to four weeks in syringes after hiv-infected blood has been drawn up into the syringe and then flushed out. ...Read more

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How is hepatitis b and c borne in the blood? I am confused in respect of how is this virus in itself created?I know the ways it is transmitted.

How is hepatitis b and c borne in the blood? I am confused in respect of how is this virus in itself created?I know the ways it is transmitted.

Viruses: No one knows how they were created. You can search the web for research on mutations but you are asking about the origins of a kind of life form, although viruses aren't even fully qualified for that definition. They don't exist for long without a host. Blood borne means carried by blood, not born into existence. It reproduces inside cells if the host body. ...Read more

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

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In what way can we check blood transfusion reactions during blood transfusion?

Evaluation: Combination of clinical examination ( listen to complaints, examining the patients etc) , blood works , and imaging study ( like cxr) are used to check transfusion reaction. ...Read more

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How to treat Hepatitis B? I've got blood transfusion and they detected hep B in it. They couldn't test it earlier because it was emergency.

How to treat Hepatitis B? I've got blood transfusion and they detected hep B in it. They couldn't test it earlier because it was emergency.

Need more info: More than 80% of the patients with hepatitis B infection recover on their own and eliminate the virus and are none the worse for it. You may wish to get tested in about six months to see if you have active infection or have recovered. God forbid you have chronic infection, it can be treated. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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0nce we become sick with any form of virus, does that virus cont. To stay present in our blood stream? Can we see, thru bloodwork, how many we have?

0nce we become sick 
with any form of virus, does that virus cont. To stay present in our blood stream? Can we see, thru bloodwork, how many we have?

VIRUSES=removed: Most viruses are removed by a healthy immune system after antibodies are produced to recognize them. It usually takes <1 week for viruses in the blood to be cleared. However, some viruses can escape and live in the body in various locations. E.G. Hiv can live in host white blood cells, herpes/chicken pox (varicella) viruses hide in nerve tissue. Hepatitis lives in liver, & virus is shed in blood. ...Read more

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How common is hepatitis after a blood transfusion in the us now?

How common is hepatitis after a blood transfusion in the us now?

Less than before.: This is probably a lot less common than before due to vaccination for hepatitis b, and more diligent screening. The transmission of hepatitis c via transfusion is currently at a rate of about 1 in 2 million units. Hepatitis b is probably less than that. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis B and C survive in toilet water if prior user had germ and bleed during movement?

Can hepatitis B and C survive in toilet water if prior user had germ and bleed during movement?

Highly unlikely: Although Hepatitis B and C are contagious, it must be transmitted by blood or other bodily fluids (not urine). In addition, the susceptible person must also have an opening in the skin, that allows the virus to enter that person's blood. So it would be very unlikely in the scenario you describe to become infected in that manner. ...Read more

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How did people come up with idea of blood donation and transfusion and who were the first people to donate and receive blood?

Idea 1660s-animals,: People often died, blood types not known of until early 1900s, 1st crossmatched transfusion 1907, british red cross credited w/first formal donation 1921. 1st blood bank 1930s, us established program 1940-red cross program start 1941 in time for wwii. 1970s volunteer-based donor system & disease testing. For more, see: http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/learn-about-blood/history-blood-transfusion. ...Read more

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How can we test if we have HPV in our body? Blood test is suitable choice? Can HPV transport by blood exchange?

How can we test if we have HPV in our body? Blood test is suitable choice? Can HPV transport by blood exchange?

Indirectly: HPV is a localized skin/tissue infection, not one that enters your blood.Transfer is skin to skin, not through blood contact.After an infection you will develop antibodies to the specific strain of HPV and those antibodies can be detected on specialized blood tests. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get Hepatitis B from someone getting spittle/spit in your eye? I ask because I have red HBV can be passed through saliva.

Is it possible to get Hepatitis B from someone getting spittle/spit in your eye?  I ask because I have red HBV can be passed through saliva.

It's possible.: hepatitis B virus is spread through bodily fluid contact, so this is possible, if you have not had a complete series of hepatitis B vaccines, or if you are not immune from previous exposure. If in doubt, get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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