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Test results from April labs show low Glucose level at 2.7 mmol. Blood drawn in morning. Does this need urgent follow up? HCV + mild liver disease.
Not urgent : It is not urgent but should be followed up with at least a repeat test. ...Read more
Unlikely: Are you sharing a lighter or cigarettes? Generally, Hepatitis C is spread through blood most commonly via needle sharing and unprotected sex. It would be extremely unlikely for you to contract Hepatitis C from sharing cigarettes. With that being said, the best protection is not sharing with a known hepatitis carrier. ...Read more
Possibly: It'd be uncommon but don't share. Can spread other things such as staph ...Read more
Hello doc.. I was giving intradermal inj to a HCV pos pt and aftr gvvng inj had a prick on my thumb..Wil it transmit me the disease..?
I do not understand my STD lab test results. The reading for HSV 1 is 0.17 & for HSV 2 is 0.34. HCV ratio is 0.02. Am I positive for these diseases???
Look at refernce rng: Those do not sound positive to me. You have to look at the reference range for the lab. It should be listed to the right of your results if it is a standard lab report. Don't panic. Talk to your doctor if they ordered the tests for you. If you went to a direct-to-consumer lab, then ask them for the reference ranges if they are not on the results report. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've chronic HCV, GERD, BP1 disorder. i take Depakote ER 1,500/day, do I safely can take apap if i've fever,headaches,no longer than 5 days at 2 grams?
Check LFT: You should check with your prescribing doctor regarding the status of your liver. I would periodically check liver function and ammonia anyway but i tend to err on the side of caution. The earliest sign of liver problems is loss of appetite followed by itchiness. I would not take more than 325 mg of APAP every 8 hours. ...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
Usually none: Often found as incidental abnormalities on liver chemistry tests, leads to hep testing. Can have no symptoms, fatigue, aches/pains, anemia, jaundice, weight loss, fluid/weight gain, abdominal swelling, easy bruising, other symptoms of liver disease, personality changes, abnormal mental status, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes/No: Hepatits c is only passed by blood. So, one should not share razors or toothbrushes in the household if they have hepatitis c. One should probably also retain from sexual intercourse during their menses. Otherwise, someone with hepatitis c should not be able to spread it within his/her empty household. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Boomers: Your question seems to be either straight forward, or egging-on an argument...So let's keep things simple- the person getting tested is the one who pays for the hcv test. Why would one test "all boomers" anyhow? That's a waste of resources. However, boomers at risk of contracting hcv should all be tested. ...Read more
Individs and society: Not all boomers need to be tested. Risk factors include nasal (snort), IV (mainline) or im (skin pop) drug use, contaminated tattoo use, less is sexual contact (multiple partners, unprotected sex), transfusions before 1993 (testing), hemophilia rx before 1993, illegal abortions, especially before roe v wade, hx stds. Estimated 4 million infected. Biggest cohort is among those born 1945-1965. ...Read more
Hepatitis C therapy: Good treatments for hepatitis c are evolving, but conventional drug regimens now offer considerable success rates with use of three agents (each with significant side effects). Not treating hepatitis c, even low viral titers, can lead to cirrhosis & liver cancer. You are also at risk of transmitting the infection. Please talk to your doctor about the pros/cons of today's medical options. ...Read more
Need more info: I don't see your results, but if you had an HCV Ab that was positive, you likely contracted hepatitis C, although sometimes this can be a false positive. If you had an HCV VL (viral load) that was positive, then you have hepatitis C. The great news is that hepatitis C can be cured in > 95% of cases now a days. ...Read more