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How Long To Wait To Get Tested After Hep C Exposure
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
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
Hard to guess: Disease progression rate is variable and individualized. It varies even within the individual. ...Read more
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
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
Hepatitis C: Nothing. That is the same thing.Get a more detailed answer ›
Would a negative hep c antibody test at 14 weeks post possible exposure and a negative Hep c PCR at 18 weeks mean I don't have it?
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