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How Do You Get Hepatitus C
Variables LargelyYes: More effective for destroying viruses is bleach. However, just soap & h20, esp if temp higher, will destroy both viruses & living cells, if time is long enough & thoroughly exposed (mechanical agitation). For medical/surgical instruments, like electronic sterilizer in my office (shown), distilled water heated to steam at sufficient temp, ? ed pressure + long enough (e.g. 20 min) + indicators work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: In short, yes you can get hepatitis C from "snorting drugs" and from using intravenous drugs. This is the most common cause of contracting hepatitis C. The good news is that now a days, we can cure hepatitis C over 90% of the time compared to medications in the past. See a hepatologist for discussion regarding the new therapies. ...Read more
Blood borne disease: Transmitted in high risk situations. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), or using nasal drugs, accidental needle stick in a healthcare worker, reused needles/medical equipment without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. A simple blood test can confirm if you have hep c. ...Read more
Took chances?: I'm not sure what you meant by taking chances. That aside, if a healthy person is exposed to hepatitis c and becomes infected with it, blood tests can often detect the new infection within 2 to 4 weeks following the exposure (hepatitis c RNA and liver enzymes). If a new infection is detected early, with current drug treatment, the chance of cure from hepatitis c is well over 90%. ...Read more
If I get tested for hepatitis C and the result is positive, do I need additional tests to be sure?
I am afraid I might have been given hepatitis C from an ex. Even more afraid to get tested and be t told there is nothing I can do about it. Whatdoido?
Hepatitis C: Scary?: I understand your fear. Hepatitis c is still quite a frightening problem to deal with. As someone who has been treating patients with hepatitis c for most of my career, i would advise you of the following. The unknown is much more frightening than getting the information about any health concern. It is very difficult to contract hepatitis c sexually. But, knowledge is power. Get tested! ...Read more
Your call: You can be tested whenever you want. If you have risk factors (body fluid/sexual contact with a known infected person, or IV drug use, etc) than get tested. Otherwise, hepatitis is not a routine test to get. If you just want to know if you have hepatitis, volunteer to donate blood at your local red cross, and they will test you for several diseases (including hepatitis) for free as a screen. ...Read more
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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