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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Sometimes: Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune. If it goes chronic, usually it can't be cured, though there's talk of cures with some of the new protocols. Hepatitis c usually goes chronic; the physician may try for a cure with intensive therapy and it may or may not work. ...Read more
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