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Hepatitis C Hcv
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
High viral load?: I think you are asking if high hcv viral loads lead to the liver damage we call "hepatitis c disease". That answer is no. It may be surprising, but except for very rare circumstances, the damage caused by hcv is actually from the immune system creating damage as it tries to get rid of the persistent infection. People can have high viral load and no liver damage or low ones and have cirrhosis. ...Read more
What is the question: I am not sure what the question is. Hepatitis c cannot be transmitted by stool, vomit, or urine. However, if someone had cuts on the skin and came in contact with bloody stool that could be a risk. If someone is having unprotected sex via anal intercourse, that activity is risky for hepatitis c transmission due to small tears in the anal mucosa (thin tissue in that area). ...Read more
Depends.: Hepatits c virus (hcv) is diagnosed with an antibody against hcv (anti hcv ab) and not by pcr. Some number of patients are able to clear initial hcv infection: they will have positive hcv ab and persistently not detected hcv pcr. Hcv pcr tells you what the burden of hcv is in the blood stream as it detects hcv rna. ...Read more
My grandmother's hepatitis C virus is higher than before.Will the HCV increase more in the future?Can u recommend me some healthy foods for her?
If a newborn child from a woman with hepatitis c, do hepatitis C RNA test within 3 months, then will it show if he is infected with hcv?
Generally so: If the mother has hepatitis c, performing a hepatitis c RNA test at 3 months and obtaining viral load will identify whether the infant has acquired hepatitis c from the mother. Tests of liver function should be performed the hepatitisc RNA should be repeated at 6-12 months. New medications are available and interferon Alpha can be used to treat infants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer