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Doctor insights on: Chronic Hcv Infection

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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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What should persons with HCV infection do to protect their liver?

What should persons with HCV infection do to protect their liver?

No Alcohol: The best thing that can be done is to not drink any alcohol. Also, there is some data suggesting that regularly smoking marijuana makes the liver disease worse. Being overweight can cause fatty liver which can also contribute to worsening hcv. ...Read more

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How many days after infection with HCV to be detected with pcr?

How many days after infection with HCV  to be detected with pcr?

The RT-PCR for HCV: Can be positive within days, 7-10 or so, after exposure, in comparison to to 70-90 days or so to develop acute disease symptoms. Many cases of acute hcv are silent. ...Read more

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When is a cut/wound sealed? If you pick a pimple and it bleeds but then stops. At what point is it protected from infection like HCV if contact blood?

When is a cut/wound sealed? If you pick a pimple and it bleeds but then stops. At what point is it protected from infection like HCV if contact blood?

Skin injury: The answer is in stages. the first stage is stop bleeding. It has some protection then, Dont worry about catching something from your own blood. The cells close the wound.by regrowth. It slowly closes over a couple of days. If it is clean, they grow faster. Withing 3-4 days it is closed. The wound heals side to side so the narrower it is the faster it heals. ...Read more

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When might a specialist (gastroenterologist or hepatologist) be consulted regarding the management of HCV infection?

When diagnosed: Complex disease, complex management issues, changing medications, monitoring. Should be followed by a doc experienced in the management of the disease. ...Read more

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Can HCV co-infection affect the accuracy of HIV rapid test results? If HIV and HCV antibodies tests are negative at 5 months, are HIV results accurate

Can HCV co-infection affect the accuracy of HIV rapid test results? If HIV and HCV antibodies tests are negative at 5 months, are HIV results accurate

It shouldn't: Antibody tests are specific for the antibodies being tested for, so hcv antibodies shouldn't have an effect on HIV antibody tests. If you've tested negative at 5 months, i don't see why those results wouldn't be accurate, but if you want to be sure, you can always wait another 4-6 months and have the HIV test repeated. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility of acquiring hepatitis e infection without getting prior infection of hav, HBV or hcv? What are major complcations of hev? Ty.

Is there a possibility of acquiring hepatitis e infection without getting prior infection of hav, HBV or hcv? What are major complcations of hev? Ty.

Unique RNA virus: ...With 4 genotypes, outbreaks of which have accounted for epidemics in europe in 18th ; 19th centuries, ; today in india and asia where the infection is endemic. Outbreaks have particularly high attack rates ; mortality among pregnant women. Fecal-oral transmission from person-to-person. See no chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, cancer but severe hepatitis with fulminant hepatic failure is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more