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Gastroenterologist Consulted Management Hcv
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
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
Sexual contact,blood: Since hepatitis c (hcv) is 'blood borne' it is transmitted by sexual contact with a person infected with hepatitis c or sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes. Other ways: sharing needles (iv drug use), needlestick injuries in health care settings and infants can be born to hcv+ mothers. Tattoos (unsterile) possible too. ...Read more
HCV can be cured: Our goal in treating HIV is to suppress the virus and help build the immune system back up. If people take their meds they can potentially have a normal lifespan. But we do not know how to eradicate HIV from the body's cells. Hepatitis c can be eradicated, or cured. And it has a finite duration of treatment (24 to 48 weeks now). Both require combination drugs and careful adherence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Those ARE the causes: The causes of HBV and hcv are hepatitis b virus (hbv) and hepatitis c virus (hcv), respectively. But maybe you're asking how they're spread. Hbv is spread in a manner similar to hiv: sex and blood contact, including sharing needles and syringes. Hcv is spread mostly through blood contact (sharing needles), though it can sometimes be transmitted through sex. ...Read more
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