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

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

Upon Diagnosis: As soon as you are diagnosed, you should see a GI specialist who is knowledgeable in the management of hcv. It is a condition that requires specialist medications and care and best managed by a hepatologist.

Dr. Camilla Graham
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How is HCV spread?

How is HCV spread?

Bodily Fluids: Like other blood borne diseases, it can be spread during exchange of bodily fluids this commonly includes IV drug use, sexual encounters, improper tattoos, during birth of a child and previously with blood transfusions.

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How is HCV transmitted?

How is HCV transmitted?

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.

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Why HCV attack on liver?

Why HCV attack on liver?

Hepstitid: Because these viruses evolved to preferentially attack the liver. Probably for nutritional needs and metabolic needs of the virus, .

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Is HCV anything like hiv?

Is HCV anything like hiv?

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.

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How can HCV affect my sex life?

How can HCV affect my sex life?

Some...: Although not 100% it is possible to spread hcv sexually. Partners should be aware of the risk, and both people should be vaccinated against hbv.

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What is the cause of HBV or hcv?

What is the cause of HBV or hcv?

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.

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How can the spread of HCV be prevented?

How can the spread of HCV be prevented?

Blood to blood: contact is required - so eliminating that. Globally, screening bloodbanks, needle exchange programs, monitoring tattoo parlors. in the household, not sharing razors and toothbrushes, and avoiding any/all other blood to blood contact.

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Rozerem (ramelteon) and HCV interaction?

It is metabolized: In the liver so with progressive liver disease you can be at increased risk of adverse effects. If you have cirrhosis(serious compromise of your liver that can happen with HCV), this isn't probably the right medications for you.

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Hcv can spread by hemodialysis machines?

Hcv can spread by hemodialysis machines?

Tiny amounts blood: Even very small amount of blood from someone who has hepatitis c can spread this infection. So in dialysis units, improper cleaning of surfaces that might have been contaminated with blood could be an issue, as is using multi-use vials of medicines for multiple patients. If health workers use universal precautions the risk to patients is low.

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Is there is new cure for HCV genotype 3?

Is there is new cure for HCV genotype 3?

Yes,late 2013?: Right now people with hcv genotype 3 have about a 70% cure rate with peg-ifn plus Ribavirin for 24 weeks. This is lower if they have cirrhosis. Gilead will file an nda with the fda soon for their new pill, sofosbuvir, combined with the pill ribavirin, for 12 weeks in genotype 3. The cure rates are about 60%. Higher cure rates may occur if ifn is added in. Talk with a hepatitis c specialist.

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Why does CDC want boomers tested for hcv?

Silent epidemic: This virus until recently, was difficult to test for, and had no really good therapies to "cure" patient infected with hepatitis c. The cdc recognizes that many people in this demographic group have never been tested for hcv and therefore, can infect other people and will likely require more healthcare resources when complications arise such a liver cirrhosis, when

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Does HCV increase the likelihood of cancer?

Does HCV increase the likelihood of cancer?

Yes.: The hepatitis b and c viruses specifically are thought to cause hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer). Hepatitis a does not cause cancer, however.

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Whate is the treatment of hcv? (medication)

Whate is the treatment of hcv? (medication)

Several types: In general terms the recommended treatment is 3-fold. First is interferon. It is an injection done weekly. Second is a medication called ribaviron (3 pills twice a day). Finally...A new class of meds for hcv called integrase inhibitors. I like incivik. Its 2 pills 3 times a day. This last drug goes 12 weeks. If you become undetectable then you go 6 months..Otherwise you go 12.

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Do high results of HCV lead to hepatitis c?

High viral load?: I think you are asking if high hcv viral loads lead to the liver damage we call "hepatitis c disease". That answer is no. It may be surprising, but except for very rare circumstances, the damage caused by hcv is actually from the immune system creating damage as it tries to get rid of the persistent infection. People can have high viral load and no liver damage or low ones and have cirrhosis.

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Positive anti-hcv test, negative hcvnat test?

Positive anti-hcv test, negative hcvnat test?

Don't have hep C now: If you meant the hcv RNA test was negative (and it was a good quality one), then the 1st positive anti-hep c ab test means one of two things: it was a false positive or you were infected at one piint in time and then was able to clear the infection on your own.

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What is the definition or description of: anti hcv?

What is the definition or description of: anti hcv?

HCV: This means an antibody that the body makes against hepatitis c. It can be checked as a screening blood test.

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How long will it take to get result for HBV and hcv?

How long will it take to get result for HBV and hcv?

Lab results: My lab gets me these results by the morning after the blood was drawn.