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Is hepatitis C a contagious disease?

Is hepatitis C a contagious disease?

Yes: Hepatitis c is a contagious disease. The virus is in the blood, so one can catch it by coming into contact with an infected person's blood. There is no cure and no vaccine for hepc, but some treatments are available. ...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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Is hepatitis C contagious upon contact?

Is hepatitis C contagious upon contact?

Blood borne: Hep c is usually transmitted through blood and body fluid exchange, including sex. It is not transmitted through casual contact like shaking hands. ...Read more

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What to do if i just found out today that one of our employees has hepatitis c. How contageous is it?

What to do if i just found out today that one of our employees has hepatitis c. How contageous is it?

Not contagious unles: Hepatitis c is not contagious unless you come in contact with that person and their blood or use IV drugs (sharing needles with them), sexually, sharing razors, etc with them. It is not passed through kissing or using the same bathroom or touching. There is no indication to distance yourself from the employee, and now a days there are excellent treatments available. ...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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Are there differences between hepatitis C and liver disease?

Are there differences between hepatitis C and liver disease?

No: Hepatitis c is a type of liver disease. The virus infects the cells of the liver and damage results. Other things can cause liver disease as well including other viruses (hepatitis b, a), alcohol, fat, drugs/medication, etc. ...Read more

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If HIV and hepatitis C are blood borne diseases, how many people develop them?

If HIV and hepatitis C are blood borne diseases, how many people develop them?

In the USA?: Here in the us, about 1.2 million people have hiv, and about 5 million people have hepatitis c. Each year, about 50, 000 people are newly infected with hiv, and at least 20, 000 people get hcv (this number could be a lot higher, we are not sure). In the 1960-1980's, about 250, 000 people a year got hcv because of contaminated blood transfusions, drug use, etc. So it is lower now but still should be 0. ...Read more

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How can you get hepatitis c? How is the disease transmitted?

How can you get hepatitis c? How is the disease transmitted?

Blood borne disease: Transmitted in high risk situations. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), or using nasal drugs, accidental needle stick in a healthcare worker, reused needles/medical equipment without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. A simple blood test can confirm if you have hep c ...Read more

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Hepatitis c RNA test results - a negative means you have no disease?

Hepatitis c RNA test results - a negative means you have no disease?

Can mean no Dis now.: This is apparently an RNA PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that determines virus particles, or viral load in the body. This can be negative, but if an immunoblot test was positive, it would mean that you had an infection with hepatitis c and it was cleared. If the immunoblot was negative, then you never had an infection, and if you had an immunoassay and it was positive, then it was wrong. ...Read more

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What are the odds of contracting hepatitis C plus other diseases from yellow blood stained mattress that i slept on in jail?

What are the odds of contracting hepatitis C plus other diseases from yellow blood stained mattress that i slept on in jail?

Almost nonexistant: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is usually transmitted in high risk situations (direct blood contact like IV drugs (sharing needles), or nasal drugs, reused needles without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before June 1992, sharing razors). Being incarcerated has a predisposition to having one of the above high risk factors. Getting it from a mattress is probably not the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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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. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Diseases (Definition)

Infectious diseases refers to a group of medical conditions that can be transmitted from human to human, object to human, and sometimes animal/insect to human. Causes of infectious diseases include bacteria, ...Read more