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How likely am I to become infected with hepatitis C from a family member?

How likely am I to become infected with hepatitis C from a family member?

It depends: Depends on what you are doing with this family member. Sharing needles (drugs, injected vitamins or other home remedies) is high risk. Kissing, hugging, sharing dishes is no risk. Sharing personal items that may contain small amounts of blood like toothbrushes, razors, or nail clippers does have risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

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


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How long after a person is infected with hepatitis C until he dies?

How long after a person is infected with hepatitis C until he dies?

Highly variable: Most people control their infection with hep c and never develop symptomatic disease. Others are effectively treated before there is major damage to the liver. Some may go on to develop cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and complications thereof. Some with cirrhosis have liver transplantation. Some have alcohol consumption worsen their condition. No way to predict outcomes. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person get infected with hepatitis C when a person scratches the infected persons?

Is it possible that a person get infected with hepatitis C when a person scratches the infected persons?

Probably not: Hepatitis c is only transmitted when small amounts of blood from one person get inside someone else. Presumably, if you accidentally scratched someone, even if they bled, it would have only gotten on your skin and not inside. If someone with hcv has a sore that bleeds, they need to cover it and make sure they avoid contact with others. ...Read more

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What can you do to wash blood or body fluids off skin if the blood is infected with hepatitis c?

What can you do to wash blood or body fluids off skin if the blood is infected with hepatitis c?

Let me help you: Hepatitis c is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the hepatitis c virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Wash it off with soap and hot water, then you can use alcohol or a 10 to 1 water to bleach solution on the areas where the blood was. ...Read more

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What to do if i might have been infected with hepatitis C -- how long should I wait to do a blood test?

What to do if i might have been infected with hepatitis C -- how long should I wait to do a blood test?

Now: You should get a blood test now, but then repeat it in 3 to 6 months, to make sure (sometimes the blood test takes up to 6 months to become positive). ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hepatitis C from an infected person sexually?

Is it possible to get hepatitis C from an infected person sexually?

Yes but Hep C low: Hepatitis c can be transmitted through sexual contact. However, if you are in a monogamous relationship, hepatitis c is transmitted. ...Read more

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My girlfriend is so hot and fine that i wanna kiss her, but she has hepatitis c. Can i be infected?

My girlfriend is so hot and fine that i wanna kiss her, but she has hepatitis c. Can i be infected?

After the kiss?: It is not a good idea to have an exchange of body fluids. A simple kiss may or may not be harmful, but are you sure you can stop at a simple kiss? ...Read more

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Can someone previously infected, but now cleared, of acute hepatitis C still infect others?

Can someone previously infected, but now cleared, of acute hepatitis C still infect others?

No: The hcv antibody indicates exposure to hcv at some point (which may have been 30 or more years ago). About 25% of these people will spontaneously clear the hcv through their own immune system. Their hcv RNA (viral load) will be negative (i usually repeat once to confirm). They do not have active infection and cannot transmit hcv to anyone else. ...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


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

Hep C is also known as Hepatitis C. A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more