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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
Bodily fluid: Hepatitis C is spread by contact - blood or sexual. It involves introduction of blood from an infected person into the tissues / blood of a non-infected individual. This can happen through needle sticks, needle sharing most commonly. Sexual contact can occur but is not as common and usually involves some sort of break in the mucosa http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does double gloving prevent HIV and HCV more in OR setting if there were a needle stick? I have always wondered this
Hi, i'm 12 weeks pragnant with anti HCV + report how can I confirm it and how to prevent baby from getting it at birth , my age is 36 yrs.
Consult hepatologist: Hi, you are correct the first thing you need to do is confirm if you really have hep c. This usually done by a hep c RNA viral load pcr test in the the us. If this test is negative then the chances of transmission to ur baby is virtually nil( though not a 100%). If it's positive then the risk of transmission is variable in various studies. Usually we quote 1.7% as the risk. Consult a hepatologist. ...Read more
Can medical marijuana help prevent retinal detatchment due to HCV treatment? I tore my retina in 3 places 16 years ago
Probably not: This should be discussed with your eye doctor. One thing to keep in mind is that interferon alfa is contraindicated with retinal problems, but the new treatments that should be available in the next 1-4 years (depending on certain factors) will be pills and no interferon. These might be safer. Your doc can help you figure out risks and benefits. ...Read more
Yes and no: Hepatitis c is rarely transmitted sexually among heterosexuals. It's so rare, in fact, that routine use of condoms is not recommended for couples in which one is positive and the other is negative. However, we are seeing sexual transmission of hepatitis c among gay men, and condoms can prevent transmission during anal sex. ...Read more
Not specificly: Roughly 5% of infants born to hep c mothers will acquire the infection. The mothers igg antibody to hep c that would indicate prior infection will persist up to 18 months in baby so a + test would not be specific for baby prior to 18 mo. There is a specific test for hep c RNA that can be preformed at 1-2 mo. That would be specific for the baby.See red book, 28ed 2009.P358-360. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can hepatitis C be spread from a woman to a man through sex? How effective is a condom in preventing it?
Yes: Hepatitis C can be spread from a women to a man through intercourse. Fortunately, the risk of transmission in this situation is low. It has been estimated that the risk of transmission is about 2.5% with a long-term partner over 20 years. Use of LATEX condoms (not other types of condoms) is an effective way to bring make this risk even lower. Best wishes! ...Read more