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Is homosexuality a risk factor for hepatitis C infection?

Is homosexuality a risk factor for hepatitis C infection?

CDC Says:: "Today, most ppl become infected w Hepatitis C by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Before widespread screening of the blood supply began in 1992, [it] was also commonly spread thru blood transfusions & organ transplants... Having a sexually transmitted disease or HIV, sex w multiple partners, or rough sex appears 2 increase a person’s risk for Hep C." Source: http://ow.ly/Guikj ...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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Can condoms prevent hepatitis C infection?

Can condoms prevent hepatitis C infection?

Yes: It is believed that hepatitis c can be transmitted through body fluids so use of a condom is appropriate in preventing hepatitis c. In addition, it is advised to not share toothbrushes or other utensils where body fluid can be exchanged. ...Read more

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How can I prevent viral hepatitis C infection?

Avoid blood: Hepatitis c is only passed by blood exposure. This includes tattoos with dirty needles, snorting cocaine, sharing razors and tooth brushes with patients with hepatitis c. There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Can you answer, is hepatitis C antibodies the same as having hepatitis C infection?

Can you answer, is hepatitis C antibodies the same as having hepatitis C infection?

No: About 25% of people who have hcv antibodies, indicating that they were exposed to this virus, will have spontaneously cleared the infection through their immune response. The only way to know if you actually have active infection is to test for hcv RNA (viral load). If the RNA is detected the person has active infection and could have liver damage. ...Read more

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Are there racial disparities in regards to hepatitis C infection?

Are there racial disparities in regards to hepatitis C infection?

NO: Hepatitis b is a dna virus which will infect its host regardless of race. However, this virus is passed through blood and vaginal or seminal fluids, which has resulted in increased frequency of infection within drug seeking populations or populations engaging in unprotected sex. Please see your physician if you suspect infection. ...Read more

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If I have hepatitis C infection, does this mean I am going to have diabetes?

If I have hepatitis C infection, does this mean I am going to have diabetes?

No way: Hepatitis c does not predispose you to diabetes. The opposite isn't true either. These diseases are independent of each other. They have no relation whatsoever to each other. ...Read more

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Can a carrier of hepatitis C transmit infection to his wife?

Can a carrier of hepatitis C transmit infection to his wife?

Yes: The risk of transmitting hcv to your wife is through accidental contact with small amounts of blood. Keep wounds covered. Do not share razors, toothbrushes, clippers. Of course do not share any injection drug equipment. If she does not have hcv (and she should be tested), then sexual intercourse is very unlikely to transmit hcv and the cdc does not recommend using condoms. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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