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How is HCV transmitted?

How is HCV transmitted?

Sexual contact,blood: Since hepatitis c (hcv) is 'blood borne' it is transmitted by sexual contact with a person infected with hepatitis c or sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes. Other ways: sharing needles (iv drug use), needlestick injuries in health care settings and infants can be born to hcv+ mothers. Tattoos (unsterile) possible too. ...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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What is hcv?

What is hcv?

HEPATITIS C VIRUS: Hepatitis c virus - viral infection causing hepatitis. All babyboomers should be screened ! ...Read more

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How is HCV spread?

How is HCV spread?

Bodily Fluids: Like other blood borne diseases, it can be spread during exchange of bodily fluids this commonly includes IV drug use, sexual encounters, improper tattoos, during birth of a child and previously with blood transfusions. ...Read more

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Is HCV is cureable completely?

Is HCV is cureable completely?

Virus can be cured: Hepatitis c infection can be cured with antiviral treatment, unlike HIV or hepatitis b. However, if the person has had a lot of scarring of the liver, that might or might not improve, depending on how severe the damage is. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of hcv?

Usually none: Often found as incidental abnormalities on liver chemistry tests, leads to hep testing. Can have no symptoms, fatigue, aches/pains, anemia, jaundice, weight loss, fluid/weight gain, abdominal swelling, easy bruising, other symptoms of liver disease, personality changes, abnormal mental status, etc. ...Read more

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Can HCV be spread within a household?

Can HCV be spread within a household?

Yes/No: Hepatits c is only passed by blood. So, one should not share razors or toothbrushes in the household if they have hepatitis c. One should probably also retain from sexual intercourse during their menses. Otherwise, someone with hepatitis c should not be able to spread it within his/her empty household. ...Read more

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What medical problems are related to hcv?

Liver cancer: The biggest risk is liver cancer. The risk of diabetes is increased 3 fold with hepatitis c. Patients are also more likely to develop vasculitis and non-hodgkins lymphoma if they have hep c. ...Read more

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Who pays for all boomers to get tested for hcv?

Who pays for all boomers to get tested for hcv?

Boomers: Your question seems to be either straight forward, or egging-on an argument...So let's keep things simple- the person getting tested is the one who pays for the hcv test. Why would one test "all boomers" anyhow? That's a waste of resources. However, boomers at risk of contracting hcv should all be tested. ...Read more

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Who benefits if all boomers get tested for hcv?

Who benefits if all boomers get tested for hcv?

Individs and society: Not all boomers need to be tested. Risk factors include nasal (snort), IV (mainline) or im (skin pop) drug use, contaminated tattoo use, less is sexual contact (multiple partners, unprotected sex), transfusions before 1993 (testing), hemophilia rx before 1993, illegal abortions, especially before roe v wade, hx stds. Estimated 4 million infected. Biggest cohort is among those born 1945-1965. ...Read more

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Is there any test tells when we exposed to HCV ?

Is there any test tells when we exposed to HCV ?

No...: There is not a test available that can "carbon date" or determine when someone was first infected with hepatitis c virus or how long they have carried it. ...Read more

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