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Can You Catch Hepatitis C Through Urine
Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more
Depends: There are many diseases and conditions which can turn the urine dark. Jaundice, diseases of the biliary tract, liver, and G.I. Tract can cause this. Blood in the urine can appear dark. Dehydration leading to concentrated urine can appear dark. In short, your hepatitis c may have nothing to do with the urine color but it could. You need to be evaluated by your doctor i would encourage you to do this soon. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There are good treatment regimens now available (and even better ones coming out in the next 2-3 years) for hep c. Although not as contagious as hep b, there is no vaccine for hep c so being in the health care profession, practicing universal precautions is of the utmost importance. Be careful out there. ...Read more
My ex husband just informed me that he has hepatitis C what are the chances I have it is it spread through blood or could it be spread through sex.
If in doubt get test: Sexual transmission of Hep C can occur but low .Overall incidence of HepC transmission by sex is about 0.07 percent per year with monogamous and heterosexual couples . transmission could happen due to exposure to personal hygiene items as tooth brush, razor etc ....Other factors increased risks : multiple sex partners, history IV drug users, STD and not using condom. When in doubt get tested. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: With many cases of hepatitis c, the infected individuals cannot identify how they became infected. While most cases are believed to be due to risk factors involving contaminated blood, there are many unidentified modes of hepatitis c transmission. Salivary transmission is one potential explanation and it is very plausable as blood can easily be present in saliva. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There are two types of tests for hepatitis c, one that measures the virus directly, the other that measures the body's response to the virus, usually an antibody test. The antibody test may take 2-4 weeks to turn positive after viral infection, whereas direct measurement of the virus (usually by molecular testing) takes 3-7 days after infection, the incubation phase, one can be infectious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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