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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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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...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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Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Possible: For reasons that we do not yet understand a small percentage of hepatitis B carriers do clear the infection. Unless it is cleared hepatitis B carriers can transmit infection through sexual activity and blood exchange. ...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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Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Yes.: It is possible. The rate of clearance is low - maybe 1% per year or so. The diagnosis of the inactive carrier state and clearance can both be tricky so be sure you are speaking with someone knowledgeable about Chronic Hep B. ...Read more

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Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Immune deficiency: If you are asking whether this acts like hiv, the answer is no. Patients who have developed severe liver disease from hep c may be more prone to some forms of infection and secondary malignancy, but not aware of a specific immune function which is inhibited by this virus. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis b contageous?

Is hepatitis b contageous?

Yes: Hepatitis b can be passed via all body fluid contact including, blood, saliva semen. One can be vaccinated to prevent acquiring the virus. However, until a patient receives these vaccines, they should not consider themselves immune to virus. ...Read more

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What cells does hepatitis C virus attack?

What cells does hepatitis C virus attack?

Hepatocytes: Hepatic cells, or hepatocytes, are the cells that hepatitis c virus attacks. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Yes...maybe : Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...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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Can hep b and hep c be transmitted sexually?

Can hep b and hep c be transmitted sexually?

Yes: Hepatitis b is very easy to transmit sexually. Hepatitis c is harder, but it happens. We are beginning to see cases of sexual transmission among gay men, probably from rough or inadequately lubricated anal sex or fisting, since some blood contact is usually required. ...Read more

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Can alcohol inactivate the hepatitis C virus?

Can alcohol inactivate the hepatitis C virus?

By drinking?: Not sure what you are asking. In the laboratory, addition of alcohol to hep c cell cultures may inactivate the virus, but alcohol in your system will not prevent the transmission of hep c. ...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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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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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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Does one become hepatitis b asymptomatic via vaccination?

Does one become hepatitis b asymptomatic via vaccination?

Prevention only: No hepatitis b vaccination is for prevention of hepatitis b. It is not for treatment. ...Read more

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Does hepatitis b vaccine prevent jaundice?

Does hepatitis b vaccine prevent jaundice?

Only HepB jaundice: Hepatitis b vaccine will only prevent the jaundice caused by hepb virus infection (and hepa vaccine will likewise only prevent jaundice caused by hepa virus). Jaundice from other causes will not be prevented. Examples are newborn jaundice, hepatitis c, bile duct malformations, gallstones or gallbladder disease, alcoholic liver damage, other viral hepatitis, etc... ...Read more

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Can alcohol inactivate the hepatitis C virus?

By drinking?: Not sure what you are asking. In the laboratory, addition of alcohol to hep c cell cultures may inactivate the virus, but alcohol in your system will not prevent the transmission of hep c. ...Read more

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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?

Treatment: Healthy foods aren't going to treat your grandmother's hepatitis c. But there is good treatment. In fact, hepatitis c is the only viral disease that we can often cure with medications. She should see a specialist to find out whether hcv treatment is a good idea for her. ...Read more

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What cells does hepatitis C virus attack?

Hepatocytes: Hepatic cells, or hepatocytes, are the cells that hepatitis c virus attacks. ...Read more

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How is the hepatitis C virus related to sex?

How is the hepatitis C virus related to sex?

Questionable: It was once thought that unprotected sex was a common means of transmitting the hepatitis c virus. More recent studies among couples with one infected and one infected partner have called this into question but in such a situation, barrier protection would still be wise. ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread the hepatitis C virus?

How easy is it to spread the hepatitis C virus?

Spread by blood...: Hepatitis c is a contagious liver disease that is most commonly spread by blood from an infected patient entering the body of an uninfected patient (such as by sharing injection drug needles). The virus can also be spread in other ways such as by sexual transmission. I am attaching a very good link on hepatitis c. http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Can you become a baby nurse with the hepatitis C virus?

Can you become a baby nurse with the hepatitis C virus?

Yes: Having hepatitis c virus should not prevent you from being a nurse, since there are surgeons who continue to practice although hep c+. Question is, why are you not being treated? And if in a health care profession you may want to exercise stringent precautions when dealing with patients. ...Read more

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At what temperature will hepatitis C virus be inactivated?

At what temperature will hepatitis C virus be inactivated?

Hepatitis C virus: Studies have shown that heat, aldehyde, ultraviolet light and detergent treatments all can be used as effective means for inactivating the virus. But the stability and resistance of hepatitis c virus varies to these inactivation process based on genotypes and strains. ...Read more

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How long can hepatitis C virus survive outside of the body?

Not very long: Viruses require other cells to live in. If excreted from the body the virus will die as the cells containing it die. If you are referring to blood, however, do not assume wet blood is non-infectious. ...Read more

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Is there any medication available to treat hepatitis C virus?

Yes: There are standard therapies that have been used for many years and newer drugs which offer the promise of higher success rates with fewer side effects. ...Read more

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At which temperature will the hepatitis C virus be inactivated?

At which temperature will the hepatitis C virus be inactivated?

60°C - 65°C: Uvc light irradiation with an intensity of 450 efficiently inactivated hcvcc within 2 min. Exposures to formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, ionic or nonionic detergents all destroyed hcvcc infectivity the hepatitis c virus can survive outside the body at room temperature, on environmental surfaces, for at least 16 hours but no longer than 4 days. ...Read more

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When, and for how long, is a person able to spread the hepatitis C virus?

Forever?: Approximately 15-25% of patients with hepatitis c infection are able - through unknown mechanisms - to clear the virus through their own immune system. The other % have chronic (long-term) infection and could spread this for life. Bear in mind that the means of acquisition for approx 20% of people is never fully determined. ...Read more

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Will heat kill the hepatitis C virus?

Yes: Heat will eventually kill Hep C virus, from few minutes at 100C to at least 10-12 h at 60 C. ...Read more

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Could hepatitis C virus be trasmitted through saliva?

Could hepatitis C virus be trasmitted through saliva?

Possible: With many cases of hepatitis c, the infected individuals cannot identify how they became infected. While most cases are believed to be due to risk factors involving contaminated blood, there are many unidentified modes of hepatitis c transmission. Salivary transmission is one potential explanation and it is very plausable as blood can easily be present in saliva. ...Read more

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Could soap and water kill the hepatitis C virus?

No: Hepatitis C is an RNA virus circulating in your bloodstream and causes inflammation of the liver. Although washing your hands is great for killing bacteria, it doesn't kill the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is contracted by way of the blood stream (i.e. IV drugs and sharing needles, blood transfusions before the early 1990's, tattoos and even sexually, etc). We can cure hepatitis C > 90% now. ...Read more

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Would hepatitis C virus be found or seen in an HIV patient?

Maybe: Hepatitis c is a different virus from hiv. However, you can have both and HIV patients are usually tested for hepatitis b & c. ...Read more

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What does having hepatitis C virus antibody (anti hcv) mean to you?

What does having hepatitis C virus antibody (anti hcv) mean to you?

HCV antibody: It indicates that you've been exposed to the hcv. You should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist or infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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How could we disinfect a nail clipper/cutter if exposed to hepatitis C virus.

Scrub soap and water: The best approach is to have separate personal items that are not shared. Very important for toothbrush and razors- place somewhere so they can't be accidentally used by others. If nail clippers get shared, soak in soapy hot water. If there was obvious blood can also leave in bleach ( one part to ten parts water). Razors have crevices that are hard to sterilize. ...Read more

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My tes apositive antibody but a negative HCV RNA virus c genotype 4 aftter one year same result is it mean i am clear?

My tes apositive antibody but a negative HCV RNA  virus c  genotype  4 aftter one year same result   is it mean i am clear?

Most likely clear: The positive HCV antibody indicates that you were exposed to the virus at some point in the past and your immune system reacted with producing antibodies. The negative RNA implies that there is no viable virus that can be detected by this test in your blood (your immune system at the time of exposure succeeded in eliminating the virus) ...Read more

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I have a positive antibody but a negative HCV RNA virus c genotype 4 after one year same result i didn't take any medication before or now ?

I have a positive antibody but a negative HCV RNA  virus c  genotype  4 after one year same  result i didn't take any medication before or now ?

No active infection: A proportion of people, 10-20%, do clear the virus and do not get chronic infection. The antibody means you did get infected. Not finding any viral nucleic acid means that you do not have active infection. If have not done so, take Hep A and Hep B vaccination. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more