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Whats hep c? i don't really understand. all answers are too brief. i want to know more. my husband has it, but never shared needles or sex. I'm clean.

Whats hep c? i don't really understand. all answers are too brief. i want to know more. my husband has it, but never shared needles or sex. I'm clean.

Hep C quick info: Hepatitis C is a disease that harms the liver and can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. Caused by a virus spread from person to person through contact with blood via sharing drug needles or having sex. Can be treated successfully. You can still hug, kiss but it can be spread through sex. Hep C can last for years. Avoid alcohol, get Hep B and A vaccines and check with PCP on treatment. ...Read more

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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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What causes hep c?

What causes hep c?

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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How can I work with hep c?

How can I work with hep c?

Are you asking...: ...if 1) your disease is curable? (yes, it is with excellent efficacy and tolerance given today's medication options) or 2) are you concerned about transmission to others? or 3) are you asking if the disease qualifies for disability? ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hep c?

Get tested: The symptoms of hepatitis c are very nonspecific to none initially to a yellowing of the skin (jaundice) and eyes, confusion, fluid in the abdomen (ascites) as it advances over decades. The real way to tell if you have hepatitis c is to get tested at the doctor's office. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hep c?

Hepatitis C virus: The different viruses causing hepatitis are named using the letters of the alphabet. The hep c virus is almost entirely transmitted by needles, either through shared needles in drug use, or contaminated blood or blood products given by needle or multiple uses of needles in some countries. ...Read more

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Can you get hep c from sex ?

Can you get hep c from sex ?

Possibly: The cdc estimates that about 20% of new cases of hepatitis c are from sex. However, the risk for any one person is low. Men who have anal sex with other men are at higher risk. People who are young, have multiple partners, or have sores like herpes or syphilis are also at risk. Heterosexual couples who have been together a while are at low risk. ...Read more

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Is hep c sexuaily transmited?

Is hep c sexuaily transmited?

Blood borne disease: Hepatitis c virus (hcv) infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. Rather, it is considered more of a blood borne infection that is highly transmittable- more so than hiv. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hep c ?

Viral hepatitis: Hepatitis C is a form of viral hepatitis, infection and inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There is no effective cure for hepatitis and the disease can lead to liver failure and increase risk of developing liver cancer. There is no effective vaccine to prevent infection with Hepatitis C. To prevent: avoid sharing needles if you use IV drugs, use condoms, avoid contact with blood/fluid ...Read more

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Can u treat all types of hep c?

Yes: Some types, like genotypes2 and 3 are easier to treat than genotype 1, the most common, and genotype 4. ...Read more

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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