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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Interpret hepatitis B panel results:
Hep B surface antigen (HBsAg) - Non-reactive, Hep B core Total antibody Anti-HBc Reactive, NAT Non-reactive?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...Read more
Hope this helps: Acute viral hepatitis is a self limiting infection. Hepatitis A is only an acute infection and does not progress to chronicity. For hepatitis B, about 10-15% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic HBV. In contrast, for hepatitis C, 75-80% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic HCV. Chronicity develops when the immune system is unable to clear the virus. ...Read more
Acute hepatitis C infection doesn't always lead to chronic hepatitis C infection: But because a large majority of people with the acute infection go on to chronically harbor the virus, acute hepatitis C is serious. Acute hepatitis C infection can be treated, greatly reducing the risk of chronic infection. Unfortunately, hepatitis C infection is rarely diagnosed and treated in its acute stage because it usually causes no symptoms. Acute hepatitis C develops two weeks to six months after the hepatitis C virus enters your bloodstream. In the small proportion of people who get sick during the acute infection, signs and symptoms include: Jaundice, Dark urine, White-colored stool, Nausea, Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen. These signs and symptoms last for two to 12 weeks. Most acute hepatitis C infections today occur in people who share needles to inject drugs. Health care workers who have needle-stick injuries also are at risk. If you think you've recently been exposed to hepatitis C virus, it's important to get tested right away. Blood tests to detect hepatitis C virus proteins, followed by a later test to detect antibodies to the virus, can usually distinguish acute from chronic infection. Having acute hepatitis C infection makes a difference in the choice of treatment. ...Read more
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