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Do I Have Hepatitis C
Become informed: I am going to assume you are a lifelong hepatitis B carrier. Nowadays in the era of immunization it makes little sense to exclude you from military service or some other career path because of your status; you do need lifelong health care to prevent complications and they probably don't want to spend the extra money. Find some other career you can enjoy and learn about your situation. ...Read more
Fairly low: If you are vaccinated and you have positive titers, you will be immune to hepatitis b. That being said, there is a rare chance (increased if you are older or immunocompromised) that the immunization won't "stick". If you are in a high risk situation, i would get your titers checked. ...Read more
Hep C Rx: Treatment options include: Direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Both new pills - Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) - work better than the current treatment for hepatitis C. They cure it more often & in less time ...Read more
Yes: Nothing is 100%. Hepatitis b is a bad disease and we hope if you do get it after the vaccine that it will be a much milder case. I have not had a patient with hepatitis b who has had the vaccine, nor have any patients that I have given the vaccine caught hepatitis b, that i know of. I have practiced in the same community for 41 years. ...Read more
VIS Statement : There is a vaccine information statement put out by the cdc that lists it's indications. As a pediatrician , i think everyone should get the vaccine. It is universally recommended for everyone under age 19 and for many categories of others including those with more than one sex partner, household contacts of people with hepatitis b, people with chronic renal or liver disease and other categories. ...Read more
Get tested ASAP: Best thing to do is go to your employee health department at work and have them do a blood test for hepatitis C (or HCV Ab). The good news is that you only have less than 3% chance of contracting hepatitis C from a needlestick and the better news is that if by chance you contracted it, the new medications that just came out can cure hepatitis C in > 95% of cases. ...Read more
Very protected sex.: First your partner has to find out if he definitely has hep c, given the options to treat or not to teat, but understand fully the implications of having this entity, and possible complications on the future. The expert would answer in detail your question (you both should go), as a general answer, if quality condom is used, should be protected. In the medical field, nothing is 100%. ...Read more
Yes: You can conceive if you have autoimmune hepatitis. But you need to have close follow-up with your hepatologist and gynecologist, since it is considered high risk pregnancy. Your medication/medications for autoimmune needs to be adjusted or replaced. Certain medication/medications for autoimmune hepatitis may have risk to the baby, although overall risk is low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's possible...: it is possible to have normal liver enzymes and still have hepatitis C. More typically, however, are mild elevations of the ALT or AST. If you have any risk factors for hepatitis C infection, or if you were born between 1945 and 1965, you should get tested for hepatitis C. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Depends on the type of hepatitis. Usually not done for acute hep. Can see if viral, or other cause, e.g. Autoimmune, toxic, drug hepatitis. Biopsy may help define the stage of disease, the amt of inflammation and scarring present. May affect decisions re: treatment type and/or duration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hep c. I have not been exposed to any way of transmission. I think i got sick from eating raw meat and that derived to hep. C. What can I do?
See liver specialist: Hepatitis c therapy has improved tremendously over the past couple years, and there are many newer therapies being studied currently that might be available within the next 18 months, leading to better cure rates. I recommend you go see a liver specialist to discuss your options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I received my hep b vaccines late, years apart, I have been told that i could be infected with hep b, can I be protected or do I need to get vaccinate?
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