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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Food Safety (Definition)

Food safety refers to the safe preparation and storage of food in the home. Most often, this refers to adequately cooking meats to kill off harmful bacteria. Food safety may also refer to the safe production of food ...Read more


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I've eaten food from an STD or Hepatitis C Infected person, am i at any risk? The food has been cooked, putted in a freezer and reheated.

I've eaten food from an STD or Hepatitis C Infected person, am i at any risk? The food has been cooked, putted in a freezer and reheated.

Unlikely: STD diseases are either blood borne or on genitalia ,Well cooked food is not carrying any infection as all bacteria ,virus and parasites get killed during cooking at high temperature .If still worried get checked up by your doctor . ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a baby if you have hepatitis c, or will your baby almost surely get infected ?

Is it safe to have a baby if you have hepatitis c, or will your baby almost surely get infected ?

Matter of chance: Vertical transmission of hepatitis c (mother to her newborn) is relatively low. It is current practice that infants born to hepatitis c positive mothers are screened at 12 month of age whether or not their liver enzyme has been elevated, usual indication of vertical transmission. ...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 condoms prevent hepatitis C infection?

Can condoms prevent hepatitis C infection?

Yes: Absolutely! though there's been controversy about whether hepatitis c is transmitted through sexual intercourse, i believe that the consensus is that it can be. Condoms, in addition to helping prevent hiv, hpv, herpes, and a host of other std's, can help prevent transmission of hepatitis b and c. ...Read more

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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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How can I prevent viral hepatitis C infection?

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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Is it possible to get hepatitis C from an infected person sexually?

Is it possible to get hepatitis C from an infected person sexually?

Yes but Hep C low: Hepatitis c can be transmitted through sexual contact. However, if you are in a monogamous relationship, hepatitis c is transmitted. ...Read more

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How long after a person is infected with hepatitis C until he dies?

How long after a person is infected with hepatitis C until he dies?

Highly variable: Most people control their infection with hep c and never develop symptomatic disease. Others are effectively treated before there is major damage to the liver. Some may go on to develop cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and complications thereof. Some with cirrhosis have liver transplantation. Some have alcohol consumption worsen their condition. No way to predict outcomes. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person get infected with hepatitis C when a person scratches the infected persons?

Probably not: Hepatitis c is only transmitted when small amounts of blood from one person get inside someone else. Presumably, if you accidentally scratched someone, even if they bled, it would have only gotten on your skin and not inside. If someone with hcv has a sore that bleeds, they need to cover it and make sure they avoid contact with others. ...Read more

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I work as a Massage Therapist and I was wondering if its possible to contract HIV or Hepatitis C from giving an infected person a massage?

No: The risk is too low to measure. In the old days, HIV simply wasn't passed within families from cuddling, bathing, etc., etc., etc. Hepatitis C discordant couples usually do not transmit the infection even after decades of unprotected sex. Hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My girlfriend is so hot and fine that i wanna kiss her, but she has hepatitis c. Can i be infected?

My girlfriend is so hot and fine that i wanna kiss her, but she has hepatitis c. Can i be infected?

After the kiss?: It is not a good idea to have an exchange of body fluids. A simple kiss may or may not be harmful, but are you sure you can stop at a simple kiss? ...Read more

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How likely am I to become infected with hepatitis C from a family member?

How likely am I to become infected with hepatitis C from a family member?

It depends: Depends on what you are doing with this family member. Sharing needles (drugs, injected vitamins or other home remedies) is high risk. Kissing, hugging, sharing dishes is no risk. Sharing personal items that may contain small amounts of blood like toothbrushes, razors, or nail clippers does have risk. ...Read more

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Best friend is infected with viral hepatitis C will she die soon?

Best friend is infected with viral hepatitis C will she die soon?

Likely not soon: Although hepatitis c can result in cirrhosis and liver cancer, the process takes a number of decades from initial infection if it does at all. Therapy is available as well to prevent this. Despite some gloom, most people who have the virus, when they die, they die with it, not of it. ...Read more

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Can someone previously infected, but now cleared, of acute hepatitis C still infect others?

Can someone previously infected, but now cleared, of acute hepatitis C still infect others?

No: The hcv antibody indicates exposure to hcv at some point (which may have been 30 or more years ago). About 25% of these people will spontaneously clear the hcv through their own immune system. Their hcv RNA (viral load) will be negative (i usually repeat once to confirm). They do not have active infection and cannot transmit hcv to anyone else. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more