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What does it means when your paper file is showing hep c virus ab 0.1 s/ co ratio 0.0 - 0.9 and what can you about it?

What does it means when your paper file is showing hep c virus ab 0.1 s/ co ratio 0.0 - 0.9 and what can you about it?

Probably negative: What I understand from your question is that normal value of hepatitis c antibody is between 0.0 to 0.9. If your level is 0.1, which meaning it is negative. This indicates you have never been exposed to hepatitis c virus. ...Read more

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What causes the hep c virus to be transmitted?

What causes the hep c virus to be transmitted?

Blood contact: Hepatitis c is caused by hepatitis c virus, which is transmitted mostly through blood exposure (sharing needles and syringes). I can also be transmitted sexually, especially through fairly rough, unprotected, inadequately lubricated sex where there might be blood exposure. ...Read more

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Hep C non reactive result, then indeterminate, then non-reactive. I have no symptoms but may have been exposed. Results from last week are negative. Do I have the virus?

Most likely negative: Results are negative results, and indeterminate sandwiched between 2 negatives likely count as negative too. Experts recommend waiting beyond the 3 month period where immune latency should not be a factor in the diagnostic process. I would make sure I get another Hepatitis C core antibody beyond the 3 month period. ...Read more

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Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep C hard to catch: Hep c is transmitted via blood, or sexual contact - like hiv. It is mostly transmitted amongst IV drug users. Even though you a hep c patient may get skin ulcers - this is usually due to a complication from the disease called cryoglobulinemia- these skin lesions are not contagious, but blood and other bodily fluids are. ...Read more

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Can I get medications for Hep C virus without prescriptions please?

Can I get medications for Hep C virus without prescriptions please?

No: Medications for hep C virus can lead to serious side effects and requires careful monitoring by a licensed healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Hep c virus been eradicated for a yard now, can now donate blood or never?

Hep c virus been eradicated for a yard now, can now donate blood or never?

Ask the Red Cross: Even though your hepatitis C virus may have been eradicated, I would bet that when you tell the Red Cross that you have a history of hepatitis C, they will likely reject your blood. Although it may be safe, they would likely err on the side of caution. I would ask them though, if you have a desire to donate. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband tested positive for the hep c antibody, how could he have got this virus?

My husband tested positive for the hep c antibody, how could he have got this virus?

Blood exposure: Risk factors for hep c include blood transfusions prior to 1992, IV drug use, tattoos or piercings, unprotected intercourse, and shared straws for snorting drugs, and children of hep c positive mothers. ...Read more

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Can hep c live outside of blood? If I wash off contaminated blood off a surface can there still be the hep c virus present? If so can it transfer from object to object? My main question is, can hep c live ouside of blood onve a person bleeds it out?

Can hep c live outside of blood? If I wash off contaminated blood off a surface can there still be the hep c virus present? If so can it transfer from object to object? My main question is, can hep c live ouside of blood onve a person bleeds it out?

NO: Is the short answer. Viruses live in cells and cannot survive outside of human tissues for more than a very brief time. You get hep c by direct transfer of blood or tissue to another individual, most commonly by needle use. ...Read more

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If both parents have hep c, what are the chances of their baby contracting the virus?

If both parents have hep c, what are the chances of their baby contracting the virus?

Possible: Hcv is not commonly transmitted from mother to child. There is data suggesting infection of the fetus in the uterus but this too is not common. There has however been decreased infant infection with c-section. Although hcv antibodies can be found in breast milk, neither the cdc or american academy of pediatrics recommends against breast feeding. Perinatal infection is uncommon (1-8%). ...Read more

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Why test on HCV anti bodies why not on hep-c virus?

Why test on HCV anti bodies why not on hep-c virus?

Cost-effective: The hcv RNA test is more expensive, so not good for the initial screening. The hepatitis c antibody test is cheap, so you can test a large population of people. If the antibody is positive, then those people need a viral load test (hcv rna) to see if they actually have active infection. Some people with antibodies spontaneously clear the hcv, so it is important to get both if the antibody is +. ...Read more

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Hep c, stage 3 liver, virus count: 700000. Would different foods affect my condition. If so, what kinds of foods should I be eating/staying away from?

A complex question: In a nutshell- anything that would stress your already damaged liver. Foods that require the liver to process such as certain certain meats, medications that can adversely affect your liver (for example, isoniazid, rifampin), and products such as alcohol and acetaminophen. For the foods to eat/or stray away from, a consultation with a hepatologist or a nutritionist, would be invaluable. ...Read more

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Can u get hep c from stepping on blood w/shoes? Virus still on shoes on car etc, can u get it that way? Even tho Shoes cleaned w/soap left cold outsde.

Can u get hep c from stepping on blood w/shoes? Virus still on shoes on car etc, can u get it that way? Even tho Shoes cleaned w/soap left cold outsde.

No.: hepatitis C is only transmitted through direct blood contact. Most of the time this is either from injections of illicit drugs or through blood transfusions. You can not get it from casual contact on shoes or hands. If you feel that you are concerned about hepatitis C, see your doctor for some simple tests. ...Read more

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Confused. Nurse of 21 yrs sitting in limbo w lab results. Nondetectable for hep c since 2006. Lab on 5/15 hep c virus an greater than 11.0. Then test?

Hep C exposure: Well it sounds like your Hepatitis C antibody is now coming up positive. This means you should have further testing to see if that's really true. Typically what's done is a Hepatitis C viral load-or PCR. That tells the doctor if there really is virus there or not. About 15% of people 'clear' the infection on their own, so you need this test to see. Luckily there's fantastic treatments for this now ...Read more

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Hep c +, no viral load, RNA performed. Was told I cleared the virus 11years ago. In a new relationship. How do I explain this to my partner? Confused.

Hepatitis C Cleared: This means you were infected. But, you did not get the chronic or active infection. Clearing this infection means you are no longer contagious. ...Read more

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