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Touched By Hcv Sweaty
I have a rash in crease of both butt cheeks. I'm very sweaty and active for long periods every day. Could this be the cause or is it HCV or something?
Hepatits c 2 days ago I did an injection to my dad (hcv positive).One blood drop fell on cotton and maybe I touched with fingers. Was it a risk?
Not a significant..: Exposure when blood touches intact skin.Get a more detailed answer ›
A research showed HCV Replicates in Sweat Glands and Is Released Into Sweat. Am I at risk if open wound touched by HCVhand, finger or skin with sweat?
No risk: It is a mistake to make assumptions about transmission from detailed data on HCV biology like replication in skin. Cases are only known to result from directly shared blood, e.g. shared drug injection works. For example, household contact are not at increased risk despite years of sharing bathooms and kitchens, hugging and kissing, and even sex. It's ONLY by blood. Don't worry about skin contact. ...Read more
Chances of hcv/hiv from table? After meeting +client... touched table, possibly touch fluid (without noticing), then touch mucous membrane?
I touched a toothpick and I accidentaly touched my eye immediately after...can I spread HIV HCV or hbv? I didn't see blood on it but im scared...
Man spitting blood near trash can. A plastic spoon was near & I touched it with a napkin¬iced small wet spot on finger. Accidently rub eye. Hiv/Hcv?
HCV can be cured: Our goal in treating HIV is to suppress the virus and help build the immune system back up. If people take their meds they can potentially have a normal lifespan. But we do not know how to eradicate HIV from the body's cells. Hepatitis c can be eradicated, or cured. And it has a finite duration of treatment (24 to 48 weeks now). Both require combination drugs and careful adherence. ...Read more
Those ARE the causes: The causes of HBV and hcv are hepatitis b virus (hbv) and hepatitis c virus (hcv), respectively. But maybe you're asking how they're spread. Hbv is spread in a manner similar to hiv: sex and blood contact, including sharing needles and syringes. Hcv is spread mostly through blood contact (sharing needles), though it can sometimes be transmitted through sex. ...Read more
Blood to blood: Contact is required - so eliminating that. Globally, screening bloodbanks, needle exchange programs, monitoring tattoo parlors. In the household, not sharing razors and toothbrushes, and avoiding any/all other blood to blood contact. ...Read more
It is metabolized: In the liver so with progressive liver disease you can be at increased risk of adverse effects. If you have cirrhosis (serious compromise of your liver that can happen with HCV), this isn't probably the right medications for you. ...Read more
Tiny amounts blood: Even very small amount of blood from someone who has hepatitis c can spread this infection. So in dialysis units, improper cleaning of surfaces that might have been contaminated with blood could be an issue, as is using multi-use vials of medicines for multiple patients. If health workers use universal precautions the risk to patients is low. ...Read more
Yes, late 2013?: Right now people with hcv genotype 3 have about a 70% cure rate with peg-ifn plus Ribavirin for 24 weeks. This is lower if they have cirrhosis. Gilead will file an nda with the fda soon for their new pill, sofosbuvir, combined with the pill ribavirin, for 12 weeks in genotype 3. The cure rates are about 60%. Higher cure rates may occur if ifn is added in. Talk with a hepatitis c specialist. ...Read more
Silent epidemic: This virus until recently, was difficult to test for, and had no really good therapies to "cure" patient infected with hepatitis c. The cdc recognizes that many people in this demographic group have never been tested for hcv and therefore, can infect other people and will likely require more healthcare resources when complications arise such a liver cirrhosis, when ...Read more
Several types: In general terms the recommended treatment is 3-fold. First is interferon. It is an injection done weekly. Second is a medication called ribaviron (3 pills twice a day). Finally...A new class of meds for hcv called integrase inhibitors. I like incivik. Its 2 pills 3 times a day. This last drug goes 12 weeks. If you become undetectable then you go 6 months. Otherwise you go 12. ...Read more
High viral load?: I think you are asking if high hcv viral loads lead to the liver damage we call "hepatitis c disease". That answer is no. It may be surprising, but except for very rare circumstances, the damage caused by hcv is actually from the immune system creating damage as it tries to get rid of the persistent infection. People can have high viral load and no liver damage or low ones and have cirrhosis. ...Read more
Don't have hep C now: If you meant the hcv RNA test was negative (and it was a good quality one), then the 1st positive anti-hep c ab test means one of two things: it was a false positive or you were infected at one piint in time and then was able to clear the infection on your own. ...Read more
Lab results: My lab gets me these results by the morning after the blood was drawn. ...Read more
A lab test for an antibody evaluates if a person had been exposed to a particular infection.
If an antibody test (to hepatitis c, in this case) is nonreactive, it implies that the person did not have or had the virus that causes hepatitis c because the body's immune system did not generate a response to fight this infection.
A normal immune system and enough time to make antibodies is needed. ...Read more
>95%: With the new medications recently approved, greater than 95%. ...Read more
They are different family of medications.
Sovaldi is what is called an ns5b inhibitor (suppresses viral replication), and interferon is an "immunomodulator", it enhances your own body cells to attack certain cells.
Sovaldi is a very potent and effective new medication against hepatitis c. ...Read more
NO: There is no safe amount of alcohol in people with hepatitis c, and 4 ounces of alcohol is not a small amount. In fact, 5 or more drinks on one occasion is a definition of unsafe drinking in men (4 oz in women or those over 60). I have found that anybody who asks me about the safety of drinking with condition x, whatever that happens to be, is not safe and not infrequently has an alcohol problem. ...Read more
A few days: No one knows for certain. If you shared needles, I know you will be wise enough not to do this again. If you had sex, remember it is difficult to transmit the infection this way. If you had some other kind of exposure, get tested but I would be surprised if it resulted in infection. ...Read more
Confirm hep c: A positive antihep c test could mean you have hepatitis C or could be a false positive. Pcr testing would confirm whether one really has the virus. If the PCR is positive, one has hepaititis c. If the PCR is negative and has no hep c risk factors then the antihcv test was likely a false positive. ...Read more
Labs: Need the results of all the tests to help u ...Read more
Unlikely: Are you sharing a lighter or cigarettes? Generally, Hepatitis C is spread through blood most commonly via needle sharing and unprotected sex. It would be extremely unlikely for you to contract Hepatitis C from sharing cigarettes. With that being said, the best protection is not sharing with a known hepatitis carrier. ...Read more
Depends: It means you are either on treatment for hepatitis C or that you are spontaneously clearing the virus on your own. It could also be a lab error. I would see a liver doctor if you haven't already. The great news is that we can cure hepatitis C in > 95% of cases with the newer medications. ...Read more
Yes...: Fatty liver disease is the most common cause of elevated lfts. Some patients with fatty liver experience progression of liver disease to cirrhosis. Knowing alcohol is a hepatotoxin (poison), consumption can accelerate existing liver disease in dose dependent fashion. Having one or two drinks per month is probably safe and not enough negatively impact your liver. ...Read more
Missing data: Something is missing in your report. It is not complete and we cannot possibly interpret this. It looks like you are giving us the labs norms and not your specific results. ...Read more
Should I get tested for HCV if I a barber used a razor blade on me (i didn't see any cuts after that)?
No: Screening for chronic hcv infection is recommended for patients with certain risk factors only. For example, patients who have used injection drugs, those who received blood products before july 1992, hiv-positive individuals, and those with evidence of liver disease are some groups who should be tested. The screening recommendations for europeans are similar to those for americans. ...Read more