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How long can you live with hepatitis c?

How long can you live with hepatitis c?

Varies: Depends upon multiple factors, but this is treatable. Many cases of hep c can be resolved with modern combination therapy. Go see a hepatologist or id doctor who deals in this. ...Read more

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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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On average, how long will a person live with hepatitis c?

On average, how long will a person live with hepatitis c?

Depends: A person may eliminate the virus naturally and have a normal life span. Successful treatment may eliminate the virus and restore normal life span. A person with persisitent infection and other risk factors, such as alcoholism, other liver infections may develop cirrhosis and or liver cancer and have his/her life shortend by decades. ...Read more

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How long would a person live with hepatitis C if they did not get any treatment at all?

How long would a person live with hepatitis C if they did not get any treatment at all?

Depends: It all depends on how much liver scarring they already have, how old they are, how long they have had hcv infection, and whether they have any conditions that accelerate scarring like alcohol use or hiv. Men who have had hcv infection for more than 40 years have a 70% chance of cirrhosis. About one third of people with hcv will die from it ( as opposed to all the other things that can get us). ...Read more

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How long hepatitis C survive on surfaces?

How long hepatitis C survive on surfaces?

Doesn't matter: Nobody ever catches the hepatitis C virus (HCV) by contact in the environment -- i.e. no risk from contact with infected surfaces, towels, doorknobs, or anything esle. So it doesn't matter how long the virus can survive on these things. The household contacts of people with hep C never catch it themselves if they don't share drug injection equipment or otherwise have major exposures to blood. ...Read more

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How long can hepatitis C live on a dry surface?

AtLeast16HoursNot>4y: Hepatitis C Virus lives on dry surface at least 16 hours and not more than 4 days ...Read more

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How long can hepatitis C live outside the body?

How long can hepatitis C live outside the body?

Up to 4 days approx: The hepatitis viruses are hardy, and one can survive longer than the other. Generally speaking hep c can survive up to 4 days and in room temp, usually less than a day. ...Read more

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How long before i can get tested for hepatitis c?

How long before i can get tested for hepatitis c?

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

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How long can one have hepatitis C without symtoms?

How long can one have hepatitis C without symtoms?

Many years: Many people have been incidentally diagnosed with otherwise quiescent, asymptomatic hepatitis c and should be evaluated by an infectious disease specialist or gastroenterologist regarding treatment. ...Read more

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How long does hepatitis c live on a scissors?

Hepatitis virus: Is NOT very "hardy" and will die within minutes unless you mean in BLOOD on a scissors...then consider the scissors infectious until STERLIZED! PS HAIR does NOT ":carry the virus"..(is THAT what you meant??) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
1,157 doctors shared insights

Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
567 doctors shared insights

Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more