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My sister and brother both have hep c is it contagious?

My sister and brother both have hep c is it contagious?

No: Hepatitis c must be transmitted through blood. Transmission can occur through sexual activity, sharing of needles, needle sticks of medical staff, blood transfusions if done prior to 1990, etc. ...Read more

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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How contagious is hep c?

How contagious is hep c?

Very contagious.: Hep C is very contagious. It is spread through sexual inter course, infected needle sharing with IV drug use, infected tattoo needles, or blood transfusion. Vertical transmission from infected pregnant mother to infant can also occur. ...Read more

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What's inactive hep c, and am I still contagious?

Chronic hepatitis C: Chronic hepatitis C is more accurate term, it means that you still may carry virus in your blood, so you may still transmit it to other people through blood and through sexual contact ...Read more

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If someone where to catch hep c could you ever be cured from it and not be contagious? And would the body be able to fight it off?

If someone where to catch hep c could you ever be cured from it and not be contagious?  And would the body be able to fight it off?

Hepatitis C: While it is very difficult some humans handle the hepatitis c infection and clear it without treatment. A good or experienced doctor will know how to test for this. ...Read more

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Is hep c contagious and if someone gets it could you ever be cured from it? I work in healthcare setting and im stressing over it.

Is hep c contagious and if someone gets it could you ever be cured from it? I work in healthcare setting and im stressing over it.

Yes and yes...: Hepatitis c is a viral infection passed via the parenteral route i.e. Blood. The blood of the infected person must get into the blood of the recipient for transmission to occur. Risk factors include IV drugs, tattoos, tainted blood transfusions, body piercings and multiple sex partners. There is treatment for hepatitis c for many successful treatment represents a cure. Good luck! ...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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Hep c ab positive. Pcr non reactive. Am i contagious?

Hep c ab positive. Pcr non reactive. Am i contagious?

No: If you have a positive hcv antibody but a negative pcr, you most likely had hepatitis c at one time but cleared the infection, in which case you no longer have hepatitis and are not contagious. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are my sister options for hep c genotype 1 treatments? She has had it for almost a year.

What are my sister options for hep c genotype 1 treatments? She has had it for almost a year.

New tx options: Hep c is curable. Current tx options include interferon which has some side effects. We anticipate non-interferon tx to be available late 2014. But if she is motivated and wants to get treated now, she should talk to a hepatologist and pursue current standard of care vs. Participating in a non- interferon based regimen through a clinical trial. ...Read more

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My sister has hep c genotype 1. Just got it her viral load is very low. What are some holistic things she could do to keep it low?

My sister has hep c genotype 1. Just got it her viral load is very low. What are some holistic things she could do to keep it low?

No alcohol: Avoid any alcohol and avoid getting coinfected with hiv. The immune system works to control the virus so avoiding stress, eating healthy and no tobacco or any drugs may also help. Low viral loads should help lead to higher cure rates with antiviral treatment when she is ready. Low viral load does not predict slower rate of scarring (fibrosis). ...Read more

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My sister is hep c postive genotype 1 can you get two strands of hep c? After she was infected, she shared needles with someone who also has hep c.

My sister is hep c postive genotype 1 can you get two strands of hep c? After she was infected, she shared needles with someone who also has hep c.

Yes: People can get multiple strains of hepatitis c, although usually we only detect one to two different genotypes at a time. It is unclear whether multiple strains have any impact on liver disease, but treatment is driven by the hardest to treat genotype in the mix. So if someone had a mix of genotypes 1 and 2 they would be treated as a 1. Lots of other reasons not to share needles like hiv. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more