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Can You Get Hepatitis C From Touching Blood
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
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
If I killed a mosquito on a cut on my arm and its blood went in the wound, could I get hepatitis C or hiv?
I'm 52, never tested for hepatitis C should I get the blood test? No high risk behaviors that I can recall
A patient's blood got on my hand should and later on I found out the patient had hepatitis C should I get tested? When should I get tested?
Hepatitis C test: If your skin intact and you washed your hand right away the chance that you get hepatitis C not much. But for your piece of mind you can get test for Hep C now as baseline. The results should be negative if you never been exposed to Hep C then 8 weeks later do the test again if it is still negative you are OK. Most patients developed detectable antibodies between 2 and 6 months after exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When u get a blood test for hepatitis C and ur real time PCR is 1.5 million instead of 43iu/ml like its supposed to what exactly does that mean?
2 different measures:
Both measure the amount of virus in blood stream. Unfortunately there is no standard means of converting one number to the other and the conversions are different depending on the lab that processed the blood sample.
The national guideline use the iu/ml as measurements for success of treatment so between the two would file that one away and the one to remember. ...Read more
Is PCR test for acute hepatitis c? If it is how long after exposure should I get blood test done for the virus to be detected?
6 weeks to 6 months:
The time line is variable, you may wish to get tested for hep c antibody for screening. If the antibody test is negative at 6 months you should get pcr test, if that is negative, it would rule out infection with hep c. See this site for more info.
http://www. Medicinenet. Com/hepatitis_c/article. Htm. ...Read more
Is it possible to get hepatitis c from dried blood on the wall. I touched the blood and I touched my clothes. I have minor cut on my lip. Once I touched the blood I touched my clothes then I washed my hand. Can viruses from my clothes enter lip cut?
Up to 4 days: According to the cdc it can survive outside the body from 16 hours to 4 days. ...Read more
Dr said there was a problem on my blood results. The only thing I saw was signal cutoff <1.00. It was under hepatitis C. What does that mean?
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
Right away: Hepatitis does not give symptoms until far advanced. Get tested right away. If you think you just got infected, the blood test may take a few weeks to become positive. ...Read more
1992: The cdc recommends that anyone who had a blood transfusion before 1992 should be tested for hepatitis c. In the 1970s through 1980s tens of thousands of people were exposed to hcv via contaminated blood transfusions. Some people don't know if they got blood with a procedure. Everyone born between 1945-1965 needs to be tested once for hepatitis c. ...Read more
HCV antibody: The most common first line test would be an HCV antibody. Other tests include: HCV rna, which measures the "amount" of virus in your blood. Hcv genotype, which determines the "type" of hepatitis C you have. And riba, which is used on rare occasions when your doctor is concerned that a positive HCV antibody test may be incorrect (as seen with a condition known as hypergammaglobulinemia). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In the USA?: Here in the us, about 1.2 million people have hiv, and about 5 million people have hepatitis c. Each year, about 50, 000 people are newly infected with hiv, and at least 20, 000 people get hcv (this number could be a lot higher, we are not sure). In the 1960-1980's, about 250, 000 people a year got hcv because of contaminated blood transfusions, drug use, etc. So it is lower now but still should be 0. ...Read more
Pretty slim: Although possible, depending on whether your hangnail was open or bleeding. ...Read more
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