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Is there a proven medication available for hepatatis c virus- genome type-1. What are the various types of treatments available.?

Is there a proven medication available for hepatatis c virus-  genome type-1. What are the various types of treatments available.?

Hep C treatment: Standard treatment for hepatitis c has been with peginterferon and ribavirin. Response rates varied depending on the type of hep c virus (called genotype). There are new medications boceprevir and telaprevir which have improved response to treatment. ...Read more

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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more


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Which hepatitis is worse a ' b or c ?

Which hepatitis is worse a ' b or c ?

Depends on criteria: Hbv transmits more efficiently by needlestick, sexually or neonatally and is more likely to cause acute fulminant disease. Hcv is more likely to become chronic. Both can cause cirrhosis which may result in liver cancer. There is a vaccine to prevent hbv, not hcv and therapy can be instituted for either. ...Read more

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Which hepatitis is bad for u a or b or c?

All: Any hepatitis is dangerous for you. A usually recovers without sequelae b ; c usually recovers but may have long term sequelae of cirrhosis and possibly liver cancer. ...Read more

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Which hepatitis is worse a , b or c ?

Hepatitis: It is difficult to answer. Hepatitis a is occasionally can cause acute liver failure in acute stages but never become chronic. Whereas hepatitis b and c can become chronic. This can cause liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis b occasional can cause acute liver failure. ...Read more

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What are the key differences among hepatitis a, b, and c?

What are the key differences among hepatitis a, b, and c?

Acute vs chronic: Hepatitis a is an acute infection which usually does not last more than a few months; it is almost never fatal. It is contracted by shaking hands with or eating food prepared by a person with the infection. Hepatitis b and c are usually chronic infections which can lead to liver failure, cirrhosis, or liver cancer. They are transmitted by tiny amounts of blood; both treatable with medications. ...Read more

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If I don't have hepatitis a,b, or c could my partner have it and me not?

If I don't have hepatitis a,b, or c could my partner have it and me not?

Yes: Hepatitis A (HAV) is contagious via contaminated food, water, Hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) are transmitted through exchange of body fluids; sex, sharing of needles, tattoos, blood transfusions, newborn from an infected mother. HAV is never a chronic illness. HCV and HBV can lead to chronic liver disease. HCV may cause liver failure, liver cancer. Can have infection with no symptoms. Get tested ...Read more

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How can you contract hepatitis b and c and how can you avoid it?

How can you contract hepatitis b and c and how can you avoid it?

Blood borne disease: Can be transmitted in different ways. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), sexually (hep b more than hep c), tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c), during birth (if mother unaware has hep b). Prevention is to avoid the above. In usa, vaccines given for hep b during childhood, if you never had, get it. No vaccine for hep c yet.Talk to doctor if concerned. ...Read more

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How's hepatitis type c contracted?

Blood contact: Mostly through blood exposure (primarily shared needles or syringes during drug use). However, it can also be transmitted sexually, especially through rough or poorly lubricated intercourse where there may be blood exposure. ...Read more

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Are hepatitis b and c tests accurate after 10 days of possible exposure?

Are hepatitis b and c  tests accurate after 10 days of possible exposure?

Hepatitis B and C: These viruses attack the liver and are typically acquired through some type of blood-exchange, although other routes can occur as well. You should really have a doctor 'follow' you for months if you had an exposure, since 10 days would not be enough time to rule out the possibility of infection. There is a hep B vaccine out there and now good treatments for hep C. Best to see an ID doc if you can. ...Read more