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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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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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


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How could I get hepatitis C geno type 1a was because of my blood transfussion in 2000.?

How could I get hepatitis C geno type 1a was because of my blood transfussion in 2000.?

Probably not: Transmitted in high risk situations. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), or using nasal drugs, accidental needle stick in a healthcare worker, reused needles/medical equipment without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. After 1992, blood is screened for hep C. ...Read more

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I had blood transfusion when i was 12 yeat old now at the age of 57 I have antibody number at 14 (with cutoff of 1), could hep c persists for 45 yrs ?

I had blood transfusion when i was 12 yeat old now at the age of 57 I have antibody number at 14 (with cutoff of 1), could hep c persists for 45 yrs ?

Yes: This is actually a fairly common situation. Hepatitis c, especially in a younger person, is prone to smolder for decades. I'm sorry it happened to you. I trust that this was an antibody against hepatitis c, and that you will be followed up with an assay for the virus. There are many false-positive hepatitis c screens. Good luck. ...Read more

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Im overly tired from methadone. could my hep c be causing mme not to be able to metabolize it properly? igot hep c from massive blood transfusions.

Im overly tired from methadone. could my hep c be causing mme not to be able to metabolize it properly? igot hep c from massive blood transfusions.

Hep C's good reason: Although methadone itself makes people tired, Hep C is perhaps a better reason. Fatigue is one of the most disabling symptoms of Hep C infection. ...Read more

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My daughter is a beta thalassaemia major patient & taking regular blood transfusion for 10 yrs. Now she has hep c type 4 &viral load is 133964. Cure?

Don't rush: Young people tend to have fairly slow progression of liver damage wit hepatitis c. The pace of new drug development over the next 5-10 years will transform this disease. Get informed. Follow sophisticated websites like natap.Org for the latest clinical trial data. Today, treatment of hcv in people like your child is complicated, but we will have easier to tolerate regimens in genotype 4 in 2-4 y. ...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 you contract a blood-borne disease, like HIV or hepatitis, through a blood transfusion?

Can you contract a blood-borne disease, like HIV or hepatitis, through a blood transfusion?

If you have oral: Lesions. If you ingest contaminated blood, it is possible to get infected through transmission of the virus getting entry via a lesion in the mucous membrane. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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Transfusions (Definition)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more