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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 a dr. Estimate when someone contracted hep c?

Can a dr. Estimate when someone contracted hep c?

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

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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?

Unlikely: Get hep c from blood exposure, i.e. Transfusion before testing in early 1990s, IV or nasal drug use, needle stick injuries, unsterile tattoos; less from sex. Theoretical from razor blades, nail clippers. ...Read more

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Is there risk of contracting hep c by accidentally using same bath towel ?Should i be tested?

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

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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?

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?

Call your doctor.: You should contact your doctor and discuss your possible exposure further. To be safe and cautious, they may recommend that you be tested, although if the patient's blood did not touch your open wound, transmission is unlikely. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How do you contract hep a b c?

How do you contract hep a b c?

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

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Is hep c sometimes contracted through a monogamus relationship?

Depends: Depends where your partner has beeen. It can be spread through sex with any infected person. ...Read more

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If both parents have hep c, what are the chances of their baby contracting the virus?

If both parents have hep c, what are the chances of their baby contracting the virus?

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

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