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What Does This Hep C Virus Ab 0 1 Mean
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?
Can .o4 hep c test result non-reactive mean that I could have the virus and my body hasn't made enough Antibodies yet?
Get: a viral RNA count to be sure ...Read more
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
Two years ago my hep c virus level was 1.7 and my sgpt level was 51. A "supplemental" test was done and came back negative for hep c. Why was it high?
On triple drug tx for hep c. At wk 32 (28 with victrelis). Virus cleared by wk 8. Lots of side fx. Going off at wk 36. 4th tx for hep c. Safe to quit?
Finish: It is best to finish the complete course. Speak with your md about side effects. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The way Hep-B has an inactive carrier state. Does Hep-C have inactive carrier state where the virus is present but not replicating / causing liver dmg?
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
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
My pal moved into new apt and there was dried blood on the sill. She wiped it up with a wet paper towel only- is it still infected/hep c/virus?
No: Not considered significant exposure by the way you describe the findings ...Read more
If i get my own hep c blood on my hands when changing a dressing, how should I wash my hands to make sure the virus doesn't remain on my hands.
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
Hep B Virus (HBV) DNA Qualitative (Detection) - COBAS TaqMan , Hep C RNA Detection by Taqman detection will be conclusive on 47 days? Any retest need?
No: Both Hepatitis B and C viruses may be detected 30 to 60 days after infection by antigen detection or 60-120 days with antibody testing. Direct HBV DNA and HCV RNA testing can potentially detect infection earlier, within 2-4 weeks after infection, so being tested at 47 days post-exposure with a negative nucleic acid test for both is very likely to be a true negative ...Read more
Is it possible to get hep C or HIV if you have cracked/chapped skin which gets exposed to someone's saliva who may be infected with these viruses?
Yes: your skin is an incredible "force field" to the environment. Unfortunately, any break or crack in the skin may be a possible route of infection. This is why it is very important to treat dry, cracked skin. ...Read more
I have been tested and I'm positive for Hep C. My liver has visible damage. Will it heal and is there a cure for the most common strain of the virus.
Usually curable, but: Most hepatitis C can be effectively treated these days. The main problem is high cost, a particular problem depending on your health insurance and personal finances. If you're not already lined up with an infectious diseaes or liver disease specialist, that's your next step. Good luck. ...Read more
M58, could i donate blood, have hep c antibodies but no virus load, hemoglobin 16.3, platelets 140. ?
I recently found i have hep c. I'm not showing signs of adv liver disease by blood work. Have had signif weight loss though. Is this from the virus?
Probably not: Keep looking for a cause of the weight loss with your physician's guidance. ...Read more
Is LABCORP "Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody Verification" test used as was used riba test for ruling out/in false positive hep C HCV antibody results?
If i got hep c blood on my uncut finger but washed hands and use that finger to pick my nose and got nose bleed will that transmit the virus to me?
Hep C: Unlikely. This is most commonly transmitted by blood or organ transfer, either by transfusion or shared needle use when doing illicit drugs. What you describe is nearly impossible to imagine transmitting this, but very little is impossible. ...Read more
This is important: The hcv viral load does not predict how severe the liver damage is. It is important to determine whether virus is detected (if someone has active infection). If hcv is detected, the viral load may help determine how easy it is to cure with antiviral therapy. But people can have a viral load of several million and have no liver damage, or viral load less than 100, 000 and have cirrhosis. ...Read more
Received a hep c ab qualitative screen test back today and the results were :non react" and ranges were "non react". What does this mean for me. ?
I Had a blood test & everything negative except the hep c ab w/refl to hcv rna, qn, pcr signal to cutoff the result is <1.00 what does that mean?
This is a very: convoluted way of saying "this is a negative test." First the antibody that fights off hep C was checked. Because it may take up to 3 months for the antibody to show up, a second test, the HCV RNA, was checked automatically (i.e., reflexively or w/refl). The cut off value of <1.00 means that the virus itself could be NOT be detected either. Hope this helps! Dr. Anne ...Read more
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