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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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Is it a standard procedure to get tested for hep c before your gull bladder is removed?

Is it a standard procedure to get tested for hep c before your gull bladder is removed?

Liver dx: Not mandatory but a good precaution. A diseased liver is particularly susceptible to the hemodynamic changes that accompany surgery. On the other hand, operative risk is probably not increased in the vast majority of patients with liver disease, including most of those with chronic hepatitis c, in whom liver function is preserved. Your blood is tested anyway if blood transfusions are anticipated. ...Read more

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Does hep c go away without treatment? How do you get tested?

Does hep c go away without treatment? How do you get tested?

Hepatitis C: Well Barbra, a very small number of people are lucky enough to clear the hepatitis virus on their own..most do not. A simple antibody test will show if you have been exposed. Then your doctor needs to determine the virus genotype, viral load and if there are any liver complications like cirrhosis or elevated enzymes. Treatment has just gotten amazingly better with 1 pill a day for 12 weeks. ...Read more

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Can u get a "false"positive twice for hep c when getting your blood tested?

Can u get a "false"positive twice for hep c when getting your blood tested?

Probably not: Positive antibody to hep c does not mean active disease, a viral load should be ordered to confirm it, if hep c antibody is positive twice and negative viral load may mean that you were exposed to the virus but you get rid of it. ...Read more

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When should i get tested possible for HIV and hep c next week?exposure was possible last tuesday it will be a week on this tuesday next tue will be2

When should i get tested possible for HIV and hep c next week?exposure was possible last tuesday  it will be a week on this tuesday next tue will be2

HIV: Strongly recommend you see an expert on STDs and get yourself educated and tested appropriately. Both of these viruses can be tested for using PCR techniques which may be positive before the advent of antibodies which can also be tested for but which takes 10-14 days or more to develop. In addition to HIV and HepC you should be tested for several other STDs since it sounds as if you were exposed. ...Read more

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I was recently tested for hep a and b and was negative, should I be tested for hep c?

I was recently tested for hep a and b and was negative, should I be tested for hep c?

Maybe: It never hurts to be tested, and it's indicated if you have elevated liver enzymes or risk factors (injections drug use or unprotected receptive anal sex.) as a routine test it's also recommended in baby boomers, buy don't meet that criterion. If none of these thing applies to you, it's not a recommended test, but it wouldn't be wrong to get checked anyway, since we now have good treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get hep c from sex ?

Can you get hep c from sex ?

Possibly: The cdc estimates that about 20% of new cases of hepatitis c are from sex. However, the risk for any one person is low. Men who have anal sex with other men are at higher risk. People who are young, have multiple partners, or have sores like herpes or syphilis are also at risk. Heterosexual couples who have been together a while are at low risk. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

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