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What is hcv?

What is hcv?

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

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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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?

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?

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

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When did third generation HCV tests become available in USA? i

2003: CDC's latest HCV testing guidelines came out in 2003, after which they have only issued a couple of revisions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can these HCV results mean or (most likely) indicated?

HCV: You need to have viraus test to determine if you have active infection antibody alone does not help ...Read more

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What does it mean if I'm non reactive for hepc and the HCV signal to cutoff: 0.4 what does that mean Why is it 0.4 if I'm nonreactive wouldn't it be 0?

No: This is the nature of immunoassays. It's not counting sheep in a pasture; it's 21st century deep electronic technology stuff. And I'll admit it's often confusing. There's background noise that produces the 0.4. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can HCV be spread by oral sex?

Can HCV be spread by oral sex?

No: Hcv is not easily transmitted sexually, and when it is, it's not through oral sex. We're seeing some sexual transmission among gay men, usually as a result of rough receptive anal sex where there may be abrasions and blood contact. It's uncommon among heterosexuals, and i've never heard of oral transmission. ...Read more

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How does HCV affect emotional life?

Depends on person: Greatly depends on the mental make up of the patient with hcv. During treatment however, patient may experience emotional difficulties (i.e. Depression, sadness, anxiety) some to such a degree that treatment must be stopped. ...Read more

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Can i get a kidney if HCV positive?

Can i get a kidney if HCV positive?

May be: There are a number of criteria for eligibilty for renal transplants. To my knowledge hcv is not an exclusion. Please go to this site for more information and discuss the matter with your doctor. http://www.unos.org/. ...Read more

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How to use black seed oil to treat HCV?

Natural medicine: Unfortunately, the majority of the doctors here are allopathic docs and not herbal/homeopathic. That said, the active ingredient in black seed oil is an antioxidant called thymoquinone. I'm aware of selected uses:inflammation in arthritis, bronchitis, Some allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure and a few others.As an antioxidant, it boosts your immune syst. Natural prod also have side effects. ...Read more