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Is Hepatitis C A Contagious Disease
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
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
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
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
I have chronic hepatitis C got diagnosed 2 years ago what's the life span with the disease i'm scared ?
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
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
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
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