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How long would it take from the time of transmission for the detection of hepatitus c in testing?

How long would it take from the time of transmission for the detection of hepatitus c in testing?

Antibody testing: It can be as soon as six weeks but it can also be up to 24 weeks. There are newer ways to test for the virus and not the antibody if there is reason to worry. Any good up to date physician will know what this means. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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


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Common ways of hepatitis C transmission?

Common ways of hepatitis C transmission?

3 common ways: There are several ways to transmit. Blood transfusion and needle sharing are the 2 far most common. It can be transmitted by rough sex...But is much more difficult. Mothers may also transmit it to newborns during the birthing process. ...Read more

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Had a pin prick at the tailor while she was fitting my dress, any risk of hepatitis C transmission ?

Had a pin prick at the tailor while she was fitting my dress, any risk of hepatitis C transmission ?

No: Sharp object cannot transmit disease unless there are fresh germs on such sharp objects from pricking an infected person just prior to pricking an uninfected person. Even if that happens, there would have to be deep enough wounds on both people, and would have to be a high enough number of infectious germs on the sharp object to transmit a disease. That means no, it doesn't happen that way. ...Read more

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How do I know if my dad has hepatitus c?

The signs of Hep C: The simple answer to this is that you cannot know this without direct and open testing and the sharing of knowledge. One cannot look at another human and discern by observation their hepatitis c status. If your father is ill and your relationship with him is good then bring this up. Ask? Accompany him, if he will allow it, to his medical visits and with his permission express your concerns. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis c?

What is hepatitis c?

A virus: Hepatitis c is a virus that affects the liver. It is transmitted by blood contact. About 20% of people fight it off quickly. The rest it keeps attacking the liver for years/ decades. Some people get fatigue, some don't notice it. Around 20 years of this attack the liver develop cirrhosis and even failure. There are treatments available, although work is being done on better options. ...Read more

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Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...Read more


Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more