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Doctor insights on: How Long You Have To Have Hepatitis C Before It Will Be Seen On An Std Screen

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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Is it possible for someone to have HSV2 and not know it? Would a basic STD test show if you had it or do you need to be tested specifically for it?

Is it possible for someone to have HSV2 and not know it? Would a basic STD test show if you had it or do you need to be tested specifically for it?

HSV + without lesion: A person can be infected with HSV2 without active lesions, which then during periods of stress, etc., become active and infectious or may be dormant. Most STD testing is is for chlamydia, gc, syphyllis, and HIV, but an blood antibody test for HSV2 can be done to show prior infection or recent infection. Due to sexual practices, both HSV1 and 2 can give lesions on face and genitals. ...Read more

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If i had a fungal rash and it was caused by an std, would i be able to be accurately tested for the std? Or would i possibly have to wait longer?

If i had a fungal rash and it was caused by an std, would i be able to be accurately tested for the std? Or would i possibly have to wait longer?

Fungal rash: Fungal rashes are caused by fungus, most commonly candida. This can occur non-sexually in men with diabetes, immunocompromised men, and uncircumcised men. Std's can also produce rashes but they are specific. Herpes often produces painful blisters grouped together on penis. Syphilis produces a chancre, a painless ulcer on or around genital area. Psoriasis can occur on genitals. ...Read more

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I have a CPs case and get swabbed often and it gets sent to a lab. How long after smoking marijuana will it for sure be a negative? ?

I have a CPs case and get swabbed often and it gets sent to a lab. How long after smoking marijuana will it for sure be a negative? ?

Varies: Depending on the type of weed and how much and how often you use the drug depends on how long. The test can stay pos for a month. ...Read more

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How long after a rape, (i have had the kit done) do I need to be rechecked for any stds?

How long after a rape, (i have had the kit done) do I need to be rechecked for any stds?

Repeat in 6 months: So sorry to hear that this happened to you. Usually one is tested immediately and again 6 months later. ...Read more

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How many days after a possible exposure to syphillis does it take to be tested accurately? If it's too early to test should I start on an antibiotic?

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How many days after a possible exposure to syphillis does it take to be tested accurately? If it's too early to test should I start on an antibiotic?

Here are some ...: What you reported suggests you haven't suffered from any form of the clinical disease of syphilis. Your desire for being tested seems out of "fear" and the time of exposure is unclear.. But the incubation period of syphilis is about 10-90 days so inexpensive indirect serologic test may be used in 6-12 weeks after suspected time of exposure; you're still safe in its early stage. More? Ask Doc. ...Read more

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For how long will you get herpes simplex 1 after you have been exposed to it (had sex with someone with it)?

For how long will you get herpes simplex 1 after you have been exposed to it (had sex with someone with it)?

Usually a few days: If you mean time until symptoms start, it's usually 2-5 days, rarely up to 2-3 weeks. If no blisters or sores by 10 days, you're probably in the clear. But low chance of infection from a single oral sex event. If you mean duration of HSV1 once infected, it's forever. Herpes infections persist for life. But for genital HSV-1, outbreaks and transmission to new partners usually are rare. ...Read more

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For a person that's been diagnosed with PID and treated will it be hard to conceive again or would I have to take fertility pills?

For a person that's been diagnosed with PID and treated will it be hard to conceive again or would I  have to take fertility pills?

Unknown: PID causes infertility in some patients, but not all. It causes fertility by creating scarring that blocks the fallopian tubes, which cannot be circumvented by fertility pills alone. "Fertility pills" are used to encourage ovulation, which isn't the problem in a patient who has damage from PID. In those cases, though, in vitro fertilization can be used to achieve pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long can you go without testing positive for chlamydia if you have the disease?

How long can you go without testing positive for chlamydia if you have the disease?

Unfortunately years: Chlamydia can actually be present, cause pelvic infections, sterility, and adhesive disease...Years before it's discovered. This is why we screen all women yearly in their reproductive years to hopefully catch it before it causes damage. Good question. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to contract HIV after using a razor (for shaving) of someone who has HIV? How long would it take to show up? Been tested

How likely is it for someone to contract HIV after using a razor (for shaving) of someone who has HIV?  How long would it take to show up? Been tested

Not likely:zero risk: It is fully unlikely. There is ZERO risk here. HIV, unlike some other viruses, does not survive on inanimate objects and is not transmitted in this manner. You do not need to test. You cannot get HIV this way. ...Read more

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How much time I have to wait to get tested after a possible exposure for the following stds. Syphilis,hepatitis b and c?

How much time I have to wait to get tested after a possible exposure for the following stds. Syphilis,hepatitis b and c?

6 weeks: It takes 6 weeks for syphilis and hepatitis B blood tests to become positive. Hep C 6-8 weeks. But contrary to popular opinion, it isn't an STD. The frequency of hep C is not elevated in the sex partners of infected persons after other risk factors, like injection drug use, are taken into account. The only proved sexual transmission is in gay men who participate in traumatic anal sex practices. ...Read more

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How long after possibly being exposed to hepatitis should you get a test?

Which virus: There are numerous causes of hepatitis. Each one has a different type of presentation. Ask your question again with the specific agent. ...Read more

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If a routine ua was performed in the hospital would they be able to see if you had chlymidia have no signs or symptoms neither does partner

If a routine ua was performed in the hospital would they be able to see if you had chlymidia have no signs or symptoms neither does partner

Unfortunately, : Unfortunately, no. There is a special test for chlymidia, commonly done with gonorrhea that is different than a routine ua. Chlymidia is commonly asymptomatic in men, and can sometimes cause irritation on a woman's cervix. ...Read more

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If I had hepatitis a when young and get another hepatitis later, will my liver be able to handle it and heal?

If I had hepatitis a when young and get another hepatitis later, will my liver be able to handle it and heal?

It should: Hepatitis a is a self limited disease meaning that your liver was infected and cleared the virus without any long-lasting bad effects. A second liver virus should be infecting a healthy liver. That being said, acute hepatitis b or c can be very dangerous (more b then c). I actually worry more about the other scenario, a pt with hep b or c getting hep a later in life. These pts need vaccinations! ...Read more

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If you attract herpes do the person you get it from has to have an outbreak and how long does it take for it to appear on you ?

If you attract herpes do the person you get it from has to have an outbreak and how long does it take for it to appear on you ?

4 days: Incubation period (time from getting infected to appearance of symptoms) is about 4 days. Transmission most commonly occurs from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected. After infection, a woman may not develop symptoms and never know that she has been infected. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have herpes without knowing even if you go to your doctor visits regularly and never told you have herpes until years later?

Is it possible to have herpes without knowing even if you go to your doctor visits regularly and never told you have herpes until years later?

Yes: Herpes is not something that is tested for on a routine basis at gynecological examinations. You could have had a mild breakout of Herpes at some time that you thought was something else or even a subclinical case which caused no symptoms. In order to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases unprotected sex is a no no, and even then not 100% effective. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an STD and not pass it to your partner for 9 months?

Is it possible to have an STD and not pass it to your partner for 9 months?

Yes: Std's are certainly transmissible (that is why they are caused std's), but not everyone gets infected all the time simply by having sex with an infected person. Genital herpes for example, may be positive in one person, but the partner does not get it for years, or never gets it. The long an short of it is, you should always use precautions when having sex and use condoms if there is concern. ...Read more

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How long after sex do you have to wait before checking for the presence of any stds? Only have one partner but would like to check.

How long after sex do you have to wait before checking for the presence of any stds? Only have one partner but would like to check.

Depends: Depends on what you are looking for some std like HIV may take as much as a year to present by blood test where others like gonorrhea may take a few days and then you will often have burning with urination or discharge. I would say 3 months is a good time to get checked but there is no exact time. Remember that if you have symptoms go and get check asap. ...Read more

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How long you have to have hepatitis C before it will be seen on an STD screen?

Hepatitis c: Ordinarily about six to nine weeks although it may take up to 6 months. ...Read more

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I had got tested for stds and for hiv and hepatitis c and I was only positive for gnorenna and I really need the medicine for it?

I had got tested for stds and for hiv and hepatitis c and I was only positive for gnorenna and I really need the medicine for it?

So whats the ???: The public Healthtap site is an information center for health related questions. You state you have been evaluated in some way and know you need treatment for gonorrhea. At this point, your question is not clear. We do not offer treatment through the public site. Find a local clinic and seek treatment before the germ does significant harm. ...Read more

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I've eaten food from an STD or Hepatitis C Infected person, am i at any risk? The food has been cooked, putted in a freezer and reheated.

I've eaten food from an STD or Hepatitis C Infected person, am i at any risk? The food has been cooked, putted in a freezer and reheated.

Unlikely: STD diseases are either blood borne or on genitalia ,Well cooked food is not carrying any infection as all bacteria ,virus and parasites get killed during cooking at high temperature .If still worried get checked up by your doctor . ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C an std?

Is hepatitis C an std?

Is a "possible" STD: One can catch hepatitis c from an infected person by getting the infected person's blood into oneself by activities such as: sharing needles during drug abuse, accidental needle-sticks, being born to a hepc+ mother, sharing razors or toothbrushes, or having sex. Transmission of hepc virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon, so hepc is usually not called an std. ...Read more

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Can toilet water transfer hiv, hepatitis c, or any other stds?

Can toilet water transfer hiv, hepatitis c, or any other stds?

Toilet seats & water: Nope. There is absolutely no risk for the common stds and no risk for hep a, b, or c and hiv. All of these infections require a more significant exposure with living tissue, blood or semen... There are some variances on how contagious each of them are. You may do well to learn how many stds there are and how they can be prevented. ...Read more

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My daughter was chewing my moms toothbrush. I don't think my mom has anything, but can she get hiv, hepatitis c, or STDs from chewing on it? I'm worry

My daughter was chewing my moms toothbrush. I don't think my mom has anything, but can she get hiv, hepatitis c, or STDs from chewing on it? I'm worry

Should be OK: Theoretically yes, but I have not read any research or case histories of it happening. I recommend a poliite conversation with your mother about her health to ease your mind. ...Read more

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Is there a way to screen people with hepatitis C for liver cancer?

Is there a way to screen people with hepatitis C for liver cancer?

MD, SONO, AFP lab: Liver cancer (ca) in hep c generally occurs if there is cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver. Hep b can get ca without cirrhosis. Check with md for viral load, genotype, other possible hep viruses, other causes chronic liver disease (autoimmune, iron, copper disease). May need liver biopsy to decide on need for rx (and type). Sonogram (no xrays), Alpha feto protein (afp, tumor marker). ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C screened for before surgery ?

Is hepatitis C screened for before surgery ?

Hepatitis C : The most common answer would be no. I have never seen a surgeon ask for this kind of screening for any of my patients prior to going to the or. But, when asked about your medical history please be honest if you are hepatitis c positive. They should not treat you any differently but will be extra cautious for the staff working with the surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you get an std like hiv or hep c by contact with urine. I lifted a public toilet seat, and there was fluid, think it may be urine. Had small cut ?

Can you get an std like hiv or hep c by contact with urine. I lifted a public toilet seat, and there was fluid, think it may be urine. Had small cut ?

Highly unlikely.: Everyone uses public toilets throughout their lives, and people are generally less than sanitary in their usage. If diseases were easily communicable in this way, we would all be in trouble. Cut or not, the best thing for you to do is wash your hands thoroughly after each toilet use, and you will be fine. Unprotected sex is a good way to get both of these, however. Use condoms. ...Read more

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I learned that my boyfriend has hep C. We had unprotected sex while I on my period. I know it's not an STD but What is the chance of it being passed?

I learned that my boyfriend has hep C. We had unprotected sex while I on my period. I know it's not an STD but What is the chance of it being passed?

Hep C can be an STD: The most common way Hepatitis C is spread is by sharing needles with someone who has hepatitis C. But you can also get it by having sex with someone who has it. You are at some risk of acquiring this infection anytime you have sex with someone who has hepatitis C. This risk can be lowered (but not to zero) by wearing condoms. Other methods of contraception offer little protection. Best wishes ...Read more

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I had n STD test n i think lady used a contaminated gauze with other blood after taking my blood.n putting bandaid on me. am i at risk for hcv/hiv?

I had n STD test n i think lady used a contaminated gauze with other blood  after taking my blood.n putting bandaid on me. am i at risk for hcv/hiv?

Of course no risk: Nobody in the world ever caught HIV or other blood borne infections from this sort of event. No risk even if the gauze was contaminated. And you can be certain it wasn't; there is no way she would have used the same gauze on two patients. ...Read more

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I do not understand my STD lab test results. The reading for HSV 1 is 0.17 & for HSV 2 is 0.34. HCV ratio is 0.02. Am I positive for these diseases???

I do not understand my STD lab test results. The reading for HSV 1 is 0.17 & for HSV 2 is 0.34. HCV ratio is 0.02. Am I positive for these diseases???

Look at refernce rng: Those do not sound positive to me. You have to look at the reference range for the lab. It should be listed to the right of your results if it is a standard lab report. Don't panic. Talk to your doctor if they ordered the tests for you. If you went to a direct-to-consumer lab, then ask them for the reference ranges if they are not on the results report. ...Read more

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How accurate is 12 weeks negative stds blood test after exposure with unknown status men? HIV Elisa, rpr, hbsag, hcv, herpes.. Can I stop worrying

How accurate is 12 weeks negative  stds blood test after exposure with unknown status men? HIV Elisa, rpr, hbsag, hcv, herpes.. Can I stop worrying

No more exposures?: If a woman is a worrier, she will worry until she stops exposing herself. So, at this time she can stop worrying and stop exposing herself. If she decides to expose herself again, she will worry again. It's a choice to expose or not to expose; thus, the worrying is her own consequence within her control. ...Read more

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In 2012 stage 1 little scarring I have hepatitis C its been two years since I seen liver dr don't smoke or drink how long will it take to kill you?

In 2012 stage 1 little scarring I have hepatitis C its been two years since I seen liver dr don't smoke or drink how long will it take to kill you?

Hepatitis C: There is no way to answer that accurately. Lifestyle plays a big role in staying alive longer whether you have hep C or anything else for that matter. If you continue with poor choices like unprotected sex, fatty animal based diet, no fruits or vegetables and not see your liver doctor, it won't take long to kill you. See your doctor check how your liver is doing, make better lifestyle choices. ...Read more

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Ex cheated on me in june. Got tested for stds in July. Found out the girl has hepatitis and herpes. How long does it take to show up? I'm freaking out

Ex cheated on me in june. Got tested for stds in July. Found out the girl has hepatitis and herpes. How long does it take to show up? I'm freaking out

No need to freak-out: STDs, including herpes and hepatitis B, are transmitted ineffiiciently; that is, most sex with infected people doesn't transmit. Your ex partner should be professionally examined and tested for these and other STDs. If he isn't infected, you couldn't have caught anything. New herpes or hep B often asymptomatic. If symptoms, usual onset 3-10 days for herpes, 4-12 wk for hep B. No risk for hep C. ...Read more

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How long can hepatitis C live on a dry surface?

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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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 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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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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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