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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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Can using sharing a lighter to light cigarrets spread HCV or any other disease?

Can using sharing a lighter to light cigarrets spread HCV or any other disease?

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

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Can i spread HCV or any other disease by sharing a nasal spray?

Can i spread HCV or any other disease by sharing a nasal spray?

Possibly: It'd be uncommon but don't share. Can spread other things such as staph ...Read more

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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???

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 more

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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?

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

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What is hcv?

HEPATITIS C VIRUS: Hepatitis c virus - viral infection causing hepatitis. All babyboomers should be screened ! ...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