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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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