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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


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Is it possible to get hep c from some vegetable thorn, like eggplant thorn (if somebody pricked before) when pricked and small blood come out?

Is it possible to get hep c from some vegetable thorn, like eggplant thorn (if somebody pricked before) when pricked and small blood come out?

Possible/doubtful: Yes it is theoretically possible to get hep c from an infected thorn, since the virus can spread through blood, secretions, IV drug abuse, sexually etc- the odds would be low but not impossible. ...Read more

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Can I get hep c from being scratched by someone that may have had dried blood under her nails?

Can I get hep c from being scratched by someone that may have had dried blood under her nails?

Yes, if other has it: Any exchange of blood products between a hep c person and a non hep c one can lead to transmission of the virus and therefore, yes you could get it. ...Read more

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Can u get hep c from stepping on blood w/shoes? Virus still on shoes on car etc, can u get it that way? Even tho Shoes cleaned w/soap left cold outsde.

Can u get hep c from stepping on blood w/shoes? Virus still on shoes on car etc, can u get it that way? Even tho Shoes cleaned w/soap left cold outsde.

No.: hepatitis C is only transmitted through direct blood contact. Most of the time this is either from injections of illicit drugs or through blood transfusions. You can not get it from casual contact on shoes or hands. If you feel that you are concerned about hepatitis C, see your doctor for some simple tests. ...Read more

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Can you get hep c or hiv/ aids from touching dry blood and then rubbing your eyes?

Can you get hep c or hiv/ aids from touching dry blood and then rubbing your eyes?

Hep C-yes, HIV-no: Hepatitis C virus dried on inanimate surfaces can remain infectious for up to 6-8 weeks. HIV will not be present in sufficient quantity in dried blood. ...Read more

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Can you get hep c if your boyfriend has it and y'all been having sex while on period and if you got in contact with his blood in your mouth?

Can you get hep c if your boyfriend has it and y'all been having sex while on period and if you got in contact with his blood in your mouth?

Yes: Hepatitis C can be transmitted sexually whether the sex is vaginally or oral. If you were having oral sex while on your period, it is likely that the blood in your mouth was yours rather than his but you can get HepC from his semen. Condoms and dental dams are recommended to decrease the risk. Be safe. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If someone put a straw in your drink and had blood on his hands would you get hep c or Hib if you used the straw and blood went in mouth I have ulcer?

If someone put a straw in your drink and had blood on his hands would you get hep c or Hib if you used the straw and blood went in mouth I have ulcer?

Deadly Viruses: Nope. Not in any way risky. I cannot help noticing that you keep making up scenarios that are well known not to be risky and asking this same question. Are you trying to cover up the way you got infected from hepatitis or HIV so that you do not have to be responsible for unhealthy behavior? ...Read more

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Can u get a "false"positive twice for hep c when getting your blood tested?

Can u get a "false"positive twice for hep c when getting your blood tested?

Probably not: Positive antibody to hep c does not mean active disease, a viral load should be ordered to confirm it, if hep c antibody is positive twice and negative viral load may mean that you were exposed to the virus but you get rid of it. ...Read more

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I walked through dried blood and am panicking I dragged Hep C through my house. What do I have to do to clean my house and can I get sick from it?

I walked through dried blood and am panicking I dragged Hep C through my house. What do I have to do to clean my house and can I get sick from it?

First relax!: Do u know whose blood it was? Do u know if that person was hep c or hep b or hiv +? The viruses don't survive well in dry blood but CDC web side for most up to date guidance on cleaning up blood spills. It's much safer than Ebola for example. ...Read more

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Can having liver disease affect your blood results you get back from hep c?

Yes.: First have to apologize, I hit the wrong 'button' on question about donating your liver if have hep c: no. As for current question, if you've recovered from the acute phase hep c, all the liver function studies often come back to normal, though may persist in elevated state. Your body will develop hep c antibodies, but at any time in the future, it could become active or lead to other liver probs. ...Read more

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I went to get my makeup done. The woman used a makeup brush that had a speck of blood on it and it rubbed on my cheeks. Is it possible 2 get hep c?

I went to get my makeup done. The woman used a makeup brush that had a speck of blood on it and it rubbed on my cheeks. Is it possible 2 get hep c?

Red make up: First it was unlikely to be blood. Second hep c is not caught through skin. It is transmitted to blood only. There is no risk in your scenario. ...Read more

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Don't know if there is any hep c blood on pants then sat on and slept in bed could I get hep c if I have pimples or cuts?

Very unlikely: Husbands who have the virus in the blood usually don't infect their wives even after many years of the most intense intimacy. Just do not share needles. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I donated blood keep hearing horror stories like the tests are very sensitive and u may get a letter saying you have hep c or HIV (fpositives) true?

I donated blood keep hearing horror stories like the tests are very sensitive and u may get a letter saying you have hep c or HIV (fpositives) true?

Donating Blood: Nope. And given your admitted lifestyle choices you documented here on healthtap you have absolutely no reason to even wonder if you could have those diseases. So, why the paranoia? It is beneath you. ...Read more

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Could I get hep c by removing someone's pad that they put on after surgery? I have cuts back of hand. The pad was touching the cuts could be dry blood

Could I get hep c by removing someone's pad that they put on after surgery? I have cuts back of hand. The pad was touching the cuts could be dry blood

Hepatitis C: While I doubt you got hepatitis c in this scenario, it cannot be fully ruled out. That is why you must at all times when providing care for a patient with hepatitis c wear gloves if you are coming in contact with blood. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone with HIV or hep c puts their blood in my raw meat and I cook it can I get aids?

Not likely if cooked: Properly. If you cook the meat to an internal temperature of 160 degree that would inactivate the viruses. See this site for more info about HIV transmission.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/resources/qa/transmission. Htm. ...Read more

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Someone with hep c sat on my bed if she had blood on clothes and I touched it with little cuts and dry peeling skin would I get hep c?

Someone with hep c sat on my bed if she had blood on clothes and I touched it with little cuts and dry peeling skin would I get hep c?

Highly unlikely.: Hepatitis c is spread when blood from a person infected with the virus enters the body of someone not infected. Usually that's due to sharing drug needles. Occasionally it's from sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes, but the chance of getting it from someone who sat on your bed, even with blood on clothes, is remote. ...Read more

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May have knocked blood blister on man and little bleeding cuts on hands what's the chances I will get hep c or hiv?

Not likely: It is unlikely to get hepatitis c or HIV from brief exposure to blood. Of course it is impossible to get hep c or HIV from a man that does not have the virus in the first place. Hopefully you know this man and can ask him if he has hepatitis or not. Hepatitis b is much more contagious, and there is a vaccine for this, so see your doctor and make sure you are immunized! ...Read more

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I hep c how often should I have my blood tested?

I hep c how often should I have my blood tested?

Every 6 - 12 months: You need to establish with a hepatologist to discuss treatment options and evaluation for cirrhosis. The frequency of blood testing depends in whether you undergo treatment and whether you have cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Every year tested neg. For hep c. Is it possible that you can have it and it does not come up on blood work?

Every year tested neg. For hep c. Is it possible that you can have it and it does not come up on blood work?

Rarely: There are two mains times this can happen. If someone has recently been infected (acute hepatitis c) they might not have developed antibodies yet. Another is if someone has a very weak immune system like advanced HIV or cancer chemotherapy. In both cases the hcv viral load is positive. If neither apply, negative almost always means no infection. ...Read more

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I have hep c and just want to know if it can be treateated with a blood test to see which medication I need?

Treatable: Hepatitis C is eminently treatable, though the treatment is expensive. Let your doctor decide which tests to order.
Do not drink alcohol or take Tylenol and consult a doctor at your earliest.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Had hep c results today 1million to 1ml blood stage 1 don't understand the situation am I sick have this 20yrs?

All this is telling: You that you have active, chronic hep C virus infection. The test does not tell you how long you have had it. It is better to check with your gastroenterologist or hematologist for type of hepatitis C, condition of your liver, and eval for possible treatment since now it is curable. ...Read more

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What are the risks of dried blood on objects?!? Is it true that Hep C can survive on objects for 6 weeks and if I touch an object am I in danger?

Doesn't matter: Nobody ever catches hepatitis C virus or other blood borne infections by just touching blood or other contact in the environment. The biological reasons, such as how long the virus survives, don't matter. Use common sense hygiene and clean up the blood. Otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

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A low risk event happened with dry blood should I worry that I have hep c? Since aids isn't possible in this because it does instantly on surfaces

Don't worry: Worry won't do anything, but if there is reason to believe the blood might be contaminated you can have a test. It doesn't live more than 4 days - so it you know it was not fresher than that you're okay. If you have it - treatment in the acute stage is very effective at preventing chronic illness. Symptoms can take mths to show
http://www. Cdc. Gov/hepatitis/C/cFAQ. Htm
Test early for safety. ...Read more

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Currently on victrelis (boceprevir) for hep c tx. How often are blood labs recommended?

Currently on victrelis (boceprevir) for hep c tx. How often are blood labs recommended?

Ask your Hepatologis: First of all, you should not be on victrelis (boceprevir) alone. It is given for only 12 weeks in addition to standard therapy with Ribavirin and interferon. Your hepatologist should discuss treatment duration, frequency of office visits as well as frequency of blood testing before you begin therapy. I suggest you contact your prescribing physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep C hard to catch: Hep c is transmitted via blood, or sexual contact - like hiv. It is mostly transmitted amongst IV drug users. Even though you a hep c patient may get skin ulcers - this is usually due to a complication from the disease called cryoglobulinemia- these skin lesions are not contagious, but blood and other bodily fluids are. ...Read more

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How much of blood can cause someone an infection? Ex hep c?

How much of blood can cause someone an infection? Ex hep c?

It does'nt take much: Virus particles, such as hep c are very small, and a drop of blood could potentially have many many viruses in it. For people with hep c, it is recommended to not share toothbrushes, drink glasses, and essentaillly avoid body fluid contact, etc. ...Read more

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What is fresh blood touching cuts as far as HIV an hep c are concerned?

Unlikely: This is yet another far-from-real-life question expressing concern about HIV and hepatitis c transmission. It's difficult for pathogens to get through the fibrin meshwork that seals a cut. And what are you doing getting fresh blood on your hands? Most of your questions are unrealistic, but if you had heavy blood contamination like this, really, get with your physician about HIV & be more careful. ...Read more

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At tailors getting pants hemmed and briefly, lightly stuck with pin. No blood drawn. Risk of hep c? Lady said no one was stuck before me with pin

Unlikely: This type of potential exposure has a very, very low risk of transmission of hep c. If you are truly worried you can be check at most local clinics. ...Read more

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I recently gave blood and had hep c antibodies test positive. How can this be when I don't expose myself to anyway of coming in contact with it?

Check again: If you have had no known exposure (which may be impossible to be 100% sure if one has sexual contact), then get the test repeated to make sure that this was not a lab error. If the test remains positive, then you will need to find out if you have an ongoing Hep C infection which can be effectively treated. The consequence of untreated Hep C may be liver failure or cancer. ...Read more

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Hep c virus been eradicated for a yard now, can now donate blood or never?

Ask the Red Cross: Even though your hepatitis C virus may have been eradicated, I would bet that when you tell the Red Cross that you have a history of hepatitis C, they will likely reject your blood. Although it may be safe, they would likely err on the side of caution. I would ask them though, if you have a desire to donate. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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