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Is hep c curable?

Is hep c curable?

Yes: There are multiple newer medications available to treat C. now, which can cure the disease. They are generally oral medications, taken for 8 to 24 weeks, and have greater than 90% success rate in curing the disease. They have very few side effects, although they are very expensive. If you have risk factors, be sure to get tested. Good luck! ...Read more

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How's hepatitis type c contracted?

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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What is hepatitis C ab?

What is hepatitis C ab?

Antibody: Ab is short for antibody. If you've been exposed to hepatitis c, your body will generate antibodies against it. It's usually the first line test we order if we're looking for hepatitis c. If it comes back positive, usually order more tests, like viral load (how much virus there is in your body). ...Read more

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Does hep c cause immunodeficiency?

Does hep c cause immunodeficiency?

No: If a patient has co-existing HIV which may have an impact on the immune system. Hepatiti c by itself does not cause immune deficiency. ...Read more

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Advia hep. C antibody +,HCV RNA -. 3 months later Architect hep. C antibody -, HCV RNA -. 2 hep C Ab Verification tests-.Can above person donate blood?

Advia hep. C antibody +,HCV RNA -. 3 months later Architect hep. C antibody -, HCV RNA -. 2 hep C Ab Verification tests-.Can above person donate blood?

May be: You ought to disclose these results to the blood bank so that they may make a determination on your eligibility to donate along with other health factors. I commend you for considering doing your civic duty. ...Read more

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Hep c ab positive. Pcr non reactive. Am i contagious?

Hep c ab positive. Pcr non reactive. Am i contagious?

No: If you have a positive hcv antibody but a negative pcr, you most likely had hepatitis c at one time but cleared the infection, in which case you no longer have hepatitis and are not contagious. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Does viral hepatitis C kill?

Does viral hepatitis C kill?

It can: Persons with chronic hepatitis c can develop cirrhosis and liver cancer especially in those with concomitant alcohol abuse. Most of those infected however when they die, die with the virus, not from the virus. ...Read more

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Hepatitus b evaluation, am i hepatitus b positive?

Data?: To answer your question you need to be tested, so see your doctor and have blood tests done. If a test is positive for hepatitis b antibodies, it means you have been exposed and developed an immune reaction to the virus, or you have been vaccinated against it (very common now). If you are hep b antigen positive, you have an active infection with the virus. ...Read more

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Is hep c sexuaily transmited?

Is hep c sexuaily transmited?

Blood borne disease: Hepatitis c virus (hcv) infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. Rather, it is considered more of a blood borne infection that is highly transmittable- more so than hiv. ...Read more

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Advia hep.C antibody +, HCV RNA -. 3 months later Architect hep C Ab -, HCV RNA -. 2 Hep C Ab Verification tests -.Is Advia hepC Ab test false positiv

Without more info: and only the data you submitted in your question, I would put it together the way you did: the first Advia hepC Ab test was a false positive. I presume other experts who arranged your follow-up testing have suggested the same interpretation. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C an std?

Is hepatitis C an std?

Is a "possible" STD: One can catch hepatitis c from an infected person by getting the infected person's blood into oneself by activities such as: sharing needles during drug abuse, accidental needle-sticks, being born to a hepc+ mother, sharing razors or toothbrushes, or having sex. Transmission of hepc virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon, so hepc is usually not called an std. ...Read more

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What test proves chronic c. Diff infection?

What test proves chronic c. Diff infection?

None: There is no chronic c. Difficile infection. Untreated c. Difficile diarrhea can persist until effective treatment is given. The stool c. Difficile toxin test confirms the diagnosis. 30% of treated cases relapse and require repeat treatment. Future relapses become more likely and can require prolonged antibiotic treatment or fecal transplant therapy for cure. ...Read more

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What is c. diff colitis?

What is c. diff colitis?

See below: It is an illness with diarrhea and fever, that usually follows antibiotic treatment for some other infection. Clostridium difficile is often a hospital acquired infection. Treatment is usually with an antibiotic though fecal transplant is helpful in some patients. See this site for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/Cdiff-patient.html ...Read more

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Y hepatitis C pts hav low platelets?

Y Hep C&Platlets: Low platlets in hepatitis c are caused possibly through auto immune mechanism.The incidence is dependant on the severity and the onset of cirrhosis.Autoimmune mechanism effects the bone marrow and as a result there is decrease in production of platlets by bone marrow.This is the only explanation y low platlets with hep c. ...Read more

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Hepatitis C Antibody Nonreactive Hepatitis C Signal to cut off 0.02 What does this mean?

Hepatitis C Antibody	 	Nonreactive Hepatitis C Signal to cut off	 0.02  
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Negative: Sounds like a negative test. Whenever in doubt do not hesitate to ask the ordering provider. ...Read more

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Acute hep vs hep c positive: which one is worse?

Dead friend is worse: Death is generally considered worse than no death. There are effective therapies for chronic hep c available today. ...Read more