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How contagious is hep c?

How contagious is hep c?

Very contagious.: Hep C is very contagious. It is spread through sexual inter course, infected needle sharing with IV drug use, infected tattoo needles, or blood transfusion. Vertical transmission from infected pregnant mother to infant can also occur. ...Read more

Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
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Hepatitis A (Definition)

A viral infection of your liver usually food born that will resolve over time with ...Read more


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What's inactive hep c, and am I still contagious?

What's inactive hep c, and am I still contagious?

Chronic hepatitis C: Chronic hepatitis C is more accurate term, it means that you still may carry virus in your blood, so you may still transmit it to other people through blood and through sexual contact ...Read more

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My sister and brother both have hep c is it contagious?

No: Hepatitis c must be transmitted through blood. Transmission can occur through sexual activity, sharing of needles, needle sticks of medical staff, blood transfusions if done prior to 1990, etc. ...Read more

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If someone where to catch hep c could you ever be cured from it and not be contagious? And would the body be able to fight it off?

If someone where to catch hep c could you ever be cured from it and not be contagious? And would the body be able to fight it off?

Hepatitis C: While it is very difficult some humans handle the hepatitis c infection and clear it without treatment. A good or experienced doctor will know how to test for this. ...Read more

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Is hep a more contagious than HIV virus?

Is hep a more contagious than HIV virus?

Comparison?: The two diseases are transmitted very differently. Hep a by the fecal-oral route and HIV only by very intimate contact through blood, semen, other body secretions directly. Impossible to quantify comparatively. ...Read more

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My cousin diagnosed w hep A even tho she had her childhood shots how contagious is she? I have two kids but both are immunized

My cousin diagnosed w hep A even tho she had her childhood shots how contagious is she? I have two kids but both are immunized

Depends: First, the Hep A vaccine was licensed in 1995 and not widely used in infant shots until a few years later. The immune protection likely wanes some by adulthood, so I consider any adult at some risk. Risk of spread is greatest in the two weeks before and first week after symptom onset. Avoidance of oral and fecal material in that period prevents spread. ...Read more

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Hepatitic c- I am so scared to get contagious with hep c im a phlebotomist. My question is could hep c ever be cured like go away?

Hepatitic c- I am so scared to get contagious with hep c im a phlebotomist. My question is could hep c ever be cured like go away?

Hepatitis C: Yes. There are some humans who clear this viral infection on their own. There are some very successful medications being studied now.

Just remember that using all of the precautions you are taught where you work will protect you very much. ...Read more

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Is hep c contagious and if someone gets it could you ever be cured from it? I work in healthcare setting and im stressing over it.

Is hep c contagious and if someone gets it could you ever be cured from it? I work in healthcare setting and im stressing over it.

Yes and yes...: Hepatitis c is a viral infection passed via the parenteral route i.e. Blood. The blood of the infected person must get into the blood of the recipient for transmission to occur. Risk factors include IV drugs, tattoos, tainted blood transfusions, body piercings and multiple sex partners. There is treatment for hepatitis c for many successful treatment represents a cure. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hep c ab positive. Pcr non reactive. Am I contagious?

Hep c ab positive. Pcr non reactive. Am I contagious?

No: If you have a positive hcv antibody but a negative pcr, you most likely had hepatitis c at one time but cleared the infection, in which case you no longer have hepatitis and are not contagious. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Is colon flush safe for weight loss for a person with hep. C?

Is colon flush safe for weight loss for a person with hep. C?

Colon flush: It's not that it's safe or not, but there is no reason to do a colon cleanse or flush. ...Read more

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I lost weight when I got Hep b and how long does a person with Hep B live? Mother and Brother both died of cirouses

I lost weight when I got Hep b and how long does a person with Hep B live? Mother and Brother both died of cirouses

Depends: The answer is complicated and depends partly on the stage of cirrhosis, if any, at the time of diagnosis. The prognosis is better if the patient has a good response to antiviral treatment. ...Read more

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How long is a person contagious with mono?

How long is a person contagious with mono?

HOW LONG MONO IS CON: How long a person is contagious there is no answer to that, as we don't know how long. Once you have mononucleosis the virus stays in your body and there is no way to know when you are and you are not contagious. ...Read more

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How long is a person with diphtheria contagious?

How long is a person with diphtheria contagious?

48 hours: [not the eddie murphy movie! ] usually a person with diphtheria is no longer contagious after they've taken antibiotics for 48 hours. ...Read more

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For how long after the onset of bronchitis is a person contagious?

For how long after the onset of bronchitis is a person contagious?

Depends: Person continues to be contagious as long as symptoms continue to be present. ...Read more

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To whom and why hep b becomes chronic for a normal person? Is there any criteria?

To whom and why hep b becomes chronic for a normal person? Is there any criteria?

Not proven.: Although we know how a person contracts Hep B, we don't know for sure why some people clear it and other perfectly healthy people don't. However, the diagnosis of chronic hepatitis B is more straightforward. If the hepatitis B infection hasn't cleared, not only will the antibody test still be positive, but so will the tests for the presence of the virus itself. ...Read more

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If a person dies of a contagious disease is the corpse contagious?

If a person dies of a contagious disease is the corpse contagious?

It may be.: As a rare example many pathologists will refuse to do autopsies on someone who has died with a diagnosis of creutzfeld jacob (mad cow) disease. There are other potentially dangerous illnesses in which the organism may survive the patient it has killed (anthrax, etc.). ...Read more

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How long is a person with RSV contagious?

How long is a person with RSV contagious?

Most ~ 8days: General viral sheading in RSV lasts 3-8 days in most; in some with complications they could shed for 4-6 wks. Droplet isolation (use of mask) & good handwashing will contain the spred in most cases. The germ can live for 1/2 hr on your hands and many hourd on surfaces. ...Read more

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How long do you think is a person with shingles contagious?

How long do you think is a person with shingles contagious?

Shingles: A person with shingles is contagious only by direct contact. They are contagious for as long as they have a blister-type lesion. Once the blisters resolve or "crust over", they are no longer considered contagious. This process can take 1-2 weeks from onset of rash. ...Read more

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If a person has had previous septicemia 6 years previous, is it possible they still are contagious?

If a person has had previous septicemia 6 years previous, is it possible they still are contagious?

Not really: Septicemia - or sepsis refers to an acute event (usually a bacterial infection) that enters the blood and can cause multi-organ system failure. When a person survives sepsis then they may remain colonized with a culprit bacterial ie. Mrsa or vre but it isn't reasonable to isolate or retreat people after six years (especially if they are asymptomatic). ...Read more

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Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?

Length of meningitis contagiousness? How long is a person afflicted with meningitis contagious to others?

Depends on the cause: Meningitis can be caused by many difference bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even non-infectious causes. The time that you remain contagious depends on the underlying cause of the meningitis. ...Read more

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Is it really bad if someone moves into an apartment where a person who had a contagious disease for 15 yrs?

Is it really bad if someone moves into an apartment where a person who had a contagious disease for 15 yrs?

Apartments: It depends on the disease but most infectious diseases are not casually transmitted and a simple cleaning and disinfecting should be good enough. ...Read more

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Is a fever contagious? Is it ok to attend to a person with a fever? Is it contagious that I should be worried? .

Is a fever contagious? Is it ok to attend to a person with a fever? Is it contagious that I should be worried? .

No: Fevers are not contagious, however the infection causing it may very well be. Until the source is known, you cannot be advised over the net as to whether you would be at risk. Good luck! ...Read more

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How likely is it to contract hep c from accidental, one-time use of another person's nailclippers? Not sure if they have it or not?

Unlikely: Get hep c from blood exposure, i.e. Transfusion before testing in early 1990s, IV or nasal drug use, needle stick injuries, unsterile tattoos; less from sex. Theoretical from razor blades, nail clippers. ...Read more

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During the crusting stage of herpes, its very contagious. But what if the person is taking medication? Still as contagious as it would be if they weren't

During the crusting stage of herpes, its very contagious. But what if the person is taking medication? Still as contagious as it would be if they weren't

Herpes: It sure sounds like you are operating on old information about herpes. If one has herpes they are always contagious, whether they have a sore or not. The rate of viral shedding, however, is unpredictable and untestable. If you have any viral shedding now your contagiousness will be about 50% reduced if you are on medications. ...Read more

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If one has the CMV virus for how is this person contagious?

If one has the CMV virus for how is this person contagious?

Hard to say: CMV is one of the infections that can achieve a latent or hibernating state & reactivate periodically. Day care center studies have documented 30-70% urine or saliva prevalence in 1-3yo. Adults also shed the virus periodically after infection. Regular hygienic practices should be followed in all age groups at any time & those recovering from CMV should not be treated any differently. ...Read more

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Can a person with latent TB still be contagious?

Can a person with latent TB still be contagious?

No: No. People with latent TB aren't sick and they aren't coughing up TB bacteria. ...Read more

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Can you get hep c by scratching infected person?

Can you get hep c by scratching infected person?

No.: You get it when yourself being infected through (your own) open wound or injection.
Hep-c virus would not show up on skin, in theory. ...Read more

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Is a person with sars contagious before symptoms appear?

Is a person with sars contagious before symptoms appear?

Yes: Often, early in the incubation period the patient will shed virus prior to becoming ill; usually for this virus that period can be 3-10 days. ...Read more

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How long is ringworm contagious for after a person has it?

How long is ringworm contagious for after a person has it?

Until treated: This superficial dermatitis is produced by a fungus which will remain present and communicable until treated and cured. ...Read more

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Can a person get hep c by using the same needle twice? Really no more details.

While: While blood born diseases such as hepatitis c can be contracted by using needles, these diseases can only be contracted by sharing needles with an infected person. If an uninfected person uses a needle repeatedly, but does not share it, they cannot contract diseases such as hepatitis c. Using the same needle repeatedly, though, can cause other problems such as infections from common skin bacteria due to the reused needle no longer being sterile.. ...Read more

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Can you get hep b if you share for example a cup of tea with an infected person?

Can you get hep b if you share for example a cup of tea with an infected person?

Hepatitis B: Highly unlikely. Hep B is a bloodborne virus and transmission from an infected person to someone else requires some exchange of blood. If the person drinking the tea had an open mouth sore and traces of blood got into the tea, there might be some risk to you, but this scenario seems unlikely. Do not, however, share toothbrushes, razors, etc. That could be contaminated with blood. ...Read more

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How long does a person need to consider themselves contagious after having walking pneumonia?

How long does a person need to consider themselves contagious after having walking pneumonia?

Pneumonia: For bacterial pneumonia, you are no longer contagious after taking an antibiotic for 24 hours. Viral pneumonias are contagious until cough disappears. Chemical and aspiration pneumonias are not contagious. ...Read more

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Is it 48 hours when a person starts vomiting that he's contagious? Or 48 hours when symptoms stop?

Is it 48 hours when a person starts vomiting that he's contagious? Or 48 hours when symptoms stop?

From what?: Impossible to answer your question unless know the cause of the vomiting. Many possibilities. If you are worried about acute viral infection, duration of infectivity will depend on the virus. ...Read more

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It seems that if one is married to a hep c person, he will eventually catch hep c. Is it inevitable?

It seems that if one is married to a hep c person, he will eventually catch hep c. Is it inevitable?

Likely, not inevitab: Hep c disappears on its own in about 20% of the people and they do not have the virus and are not infectious. In the remanning patients, their sexual partners are at risk of infection. Safe sex practices can reduce the risk. Effective treatments for hep c are available that reduce the viral load make transmission of infection less likely. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more