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What Is Worse Hepatitis A B Or C
Depends on criteria: Hbv transmits more efficiently by needlestick, sexually or neonatally and is more likely to cause acute fulminant disease. Hcv is more likely to become chronic. Both can cause cirrhosis which may result in liver cancer. There is a vaccine to prevent hbv, not hcv and therapy can be instituted for either. ...Read more
Hep B: Hepatitis b can be either an acute or chronic infection. Some people may have the virus replicating in their system for the rest of their lives, whereas some people will be able to fight the infection and be left only with an antibody. For those with the chronic infection, it will can lay dormant in the body for years before it starts to replicate again and infect the liver. ...Read more
Nothing special: The vaccine is a synthetic replica of hep B antigens and is designed to help the body develop Hep B antibodies without experiencing the disease.Since they will already have hep B antibodies from thee prior illness, the vaccine at most could provide a small boost in antibody level. However, this has no effect on any existing hep B problem. ...Read more
Hope this helps: Acute viral hepatitis is a self limiting infection. Hepatitis A is only an acute infection and does not progress to chronicity. For hepatitis B, about 10-15% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic HBV. In contrast, for hepatitis C, 75-80% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic HCV. Chronicity develops when the immune system is unable to clear the virus. ...Read more
Is it possible to get HIV or hepatitis b or c from getting accidentally nicked during a haircut? Likely? Should I be tested?
No risk: Nope. No risk.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unlikely: There has to be exposure of blood / bodily fluids from the mother to put you at any risk. ...Read more
Uncommon: Businesses that offer tattoos know they need to adhere to strict infection control procedures. You should see that they are using fresh, unopened supplies. What we really worry about are home-made tattoos, especially done in groups, or in jails/prisons. Here, even small amounts of blood from one person could be transmitted (along with hepatitis c or b for that matter) to someone else. ...Read more
Depends: I would want to know the following information: are they hepatitis b surface antigen reactive? Are they hepatitis b e antibody reactive? Did this person likely get hepatitis b as a baby or small child or when they were older? What is the hepatitis b dna (viral load) level? What is the alt (liver enzyme) value? In isolation this lab value can mean multiple things. ...Read more
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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