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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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Can you get hep c by scratching infected person?

Can you get hep c by scratching infected person?

No.: You get it when yourself being infected through (your own) open wound or injection. Hep-c virus would not show up on skin, in theory. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get Hep C from Kissing and infected Person?

Is it possible to get Hep C from Kissing and infected Person?

Officially no: Many things are "possible" in life. So, the real question is, "How likely is it to happen?" The chances of catching HepC by kissing is perhaps 0%, mathematically rounded off. HepC virus is in the blood. If a HepC person has some cracks or scrapes on the lips or inside the mouth, any canker sores, or any bleeding gums, then HepC can be in the mouth... probably more so if kissing is very vigorous. ...Read more

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My sister is hep c postive genotype 1 can you get two strands of hep c? After she was infected, she shared needles with someone who also has hep c.

Yes: People can get multiple strains of hepatitis c, although usually we only detect one to two different genotypes at a time. It is unclear whether multiple strains have any impact on liver disease, but treatment is driven by the hardest to treat genotype in the mix. So if someone had a mix of genotypes 1 and 2 they would be treated as a 1. Lots of other reasons not to share needles like hiv. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hep C or HIV if you have cracked/chapped skin which gets exposed to someone's saliva who may be infected with these viruses?

Is it possible to get hep C or HIV if you have cracked/chapped skin which gets exposed to someone's saliva who may be infected with these viruses?

Yes: your skin is an incredible "force field" to the environment. Unfortunately, any break or crack in the skin may be a possible route of infection. This is why it is very important to treat dry, cracked skin. ...Read more

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Can hep c be transmitted through inhaling an infected person's sneeze?

Can hep c be transmitted through inhaling an infected person's sneeze?

No: Hep c is not very virulent, which means it's hard to transmit. Blood transfusion, unprotected sex with an infected person, IV drug use, dialysis, and mother-to-fetus are the only known ways to get it. You can kiss an infected person with no risk whatsoever. ...Read more

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My friend was infected with hep c by his wife, he took meds now cured, can his wife reinfect him with the same hep c? his doctor said no, i dont agre

My friend was infected with hep c by his wife, he took meds now cured, can his wife reinfect him with the same hep c?  his doctor said no, i dont agre

Yes: Recent studies show that reinfection after spontaneous clearance or treatment is possible. Studies in chimps showed resistance to reinfection but HCV is a human disease. What about the wife being treated and cured?http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3310282/ ...Read more

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Scratching (Definition)

Scratching is a symptom in which a person runs his fingernails or some other firm object over an itchy part of his skin, while trying to relieve his itching. Scratching an area too much can lead to a skin rash which itches even more. Scratching to the point of breaking the skin can lead to ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more