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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?

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

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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