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How Long Can A Hepatitis Patient Live
Not predictable: One cannot tell how long a hepatitis patient will live because there are different kinds of hepatitis, with different levels of severity. For example, if a person gets hepatitis a, there is no reason to believe he will have a change in his expected lifespan from it. Hep a usually goes away in a few weeks, and the person is ok again. However, a very unlucky patient can die during his hep a illness. ...Read more
I am a nurse and i had needleprick from a patient yesterday and a few from the past. How long should I wait to have my hepatitis titers checked ?
Seek medical care: Every medical facility should have a blood exposure protocol. You should notify your employer and follow the protocol that is outlined there. If there isn't one you should get a medical appointment to get a specific answer for your specific situation. ...Read more
"Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune" - Does this mean the virus is no longer in the body? Pls explain "recover completely"
No guarantees: You can recover and still have the virus in your system. If so, exacerbations of HBV can occur. Tests are available to determine if the virus, its antigens and its antibodies are present. Most people, after recovery, will remain asymptomatic. But, a few will develop late complications, like chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver tumors. You need follow-up by your physician or a liver special ...Read more
Should patients with hepatitis C change their sexual practices if they have only long-term steady sex partner?
How long could a patient with hepatitis C virus live without any medical treatment but eating recommended food?
Several: Once a doctor has decided that someone does need treatment for their chronic hepatitis b infection (not everyone needs treatment immediately), they may recommend drugs that block viral replication, like tenofovir or entecavir. Less commonly, they might recommend an immune drug called interferon alfa that helps the body fight the hepatitis b. It is important to be monitored regularly. ...Read more
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