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Contracting Hep C
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
Not really: If you were exposed to drugs in your youth especially IV type drugs or where there was exchange of bloody fluids will likely be the time around when the infection was first contracted. Unless you are newly exposed there is no test that can give you an accurate time frame. ...Read more
How likely is it to contract hep c from accidental, one-time use of another person's nailclippers? Not sure if they have it or not?
I'll bet zero: Husbands and wives seldom infect one another even when having regular unprotected intercourse. I'm not worried about sharing bath towels. Sorry you got a scare. If this is someone you really care about, i'm glad for both of you. Good luck. ...Read more
Touched area where hep c patient bled. No blood where I touched. Concerned contracted hep c through semi healed wound on other side of finger. Help?
I work as a Massage Therapist. Sometimes I have small scrapes or nicks on my hands, Can I contract HIV or Hep C when giving a massage?
HIV massage: I work as a Massage Therapist. Sometimes I have small scrapes or nicks on my hands, Can I contract HIV or Hep C when giving a massage? ANS: If you have open cuts and they have open cuts if both your and they are bleeding the answer is YES. Wonder why you do not wear gloves. Must be some published literature from your Massage groups that dealt with this. Ask you Society for Guidelines. ...Read more
Different modes: Hepatitis A is transmitted through the fecal-oral route, namely an infected person sheds Hepatitis A virus in their stool and this is ingested through contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B is transmitted sexually and by blood, but the most common in the world is from mother to child. Hepatitis C is transmitted by exposure to blood from an infected person, very much less by sex or other means. ...Read more
I had a needle stick and the pt was hep c +. I got the results of her PCR today and it was undetectable. Does that lessen my risk of contracting it?
Yes: But it does not exclude the possibility of your having become infected. Test yourself to make sure. Good luck and be careful. ...Read more
Possible: Hcv is not commonly transmitted from mother to child. There is data suggesting infection of the fetus in the uterus but this too is not common. There has however been decreased infant infection with c-section. Although hcv antibodies can be found in breast milk, neither the cdc or american academy of pediatrics recommends against breast feeding. Perinatal infection is uncommon (1-8%). ...Read more