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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver ...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

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Is HCV is cureable completely?

Is HCV is cureable completely?

Virus can be cured: Hepatitis c infection can be cured with antiviral treatment, unlike HIV or hepatitis b. However, if the person has had a lot of scarring of the liver, that might or might not improve, depending on how severe the damage is. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of hcv?

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 more

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Can HCV be spread within a household?

Can HCV be spread within a household?

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 more

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What medical problems are related to hcv?

What medical problems are related to hcv?

Liver cancer: The biggest risk is liver cancer. The risk of diabetes is increased 3 fold with hepatitis c. Patients are also more likely to develop vasculitis and non-hodgkins lymphoma if they have hep c. ...Read more

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Who pays for all boomers to get tested for hcv?

Who pays for all boomers to get tested for hcv?

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

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Who benefits if all boomers get tested for hcv?

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

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Is there any test tells when we exposed to HCV ?

Is there any test tells when we exposed to HCV ?

No...: There is not a test available that can "carbon date" or determine when someone was first infected with hepatitis c virus or how long they have carried it. ...Read more

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How can decrease HCV level from the border line?

How can decrease HCV level from the border line?

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

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What could these HCV results mean or (most likely) indicated?

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

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Please tell me how long it takes for HCV to show up on a test?

Please tell me how long it takes for HCV to show up on a test?

Varies: It can take about eight weeks for an hcv antibody test to become positive after an exposure. Another test called the hcv RNA can become positive from days up to 8 weeks, depending on the type of exposure and size of exposure. ...Read more