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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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