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How is the hepatitis C virus related to sex?

Questionable. It was once thought that unprotected sex was a common means of transmitting the hepatitis c virus. More recent studies among couples with one infected and one infected partner have called this into question but in such a situation, barrier protection would still be wise. Read more...

How easy is it to spread the hepatitis C virus?

Spread by blood... Hepatitis c is a contagious liver disease that is most commonly spread by blood from an infected patient entering the body of an uninfected patient (such as by sharing injection drug needles). The virus can also be spread in other ways such as by sexual transmission. I am attaching a very good link on hepatitis c. http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm hope that this helps. Read more...

Can you become a baby nurse with the hepatitis C virus?

Yes. Having hepatitis c virus should not prevent you from being a nurse, since there are surgeons who continue to practice although hep c+. Question is, why are you not being treated? And if in a health care profession you may want to exercise stringent precautions when dealing with patients. Read more...

At what temperature will hepatitis C virus be inactivated?

Hepatitis C virus. Studies have shown that heat, aldehyde, ultraviolet light and detergent treatments all can be used as effective means for inactivating the virus. But the stability and resistance of hepatitis c virus varies to these inactivation process based on genotypes and strains. Read more...

How long can hepatitis C virus survive outside of the body?

Not very long. Viruses require other cells to live in. If excreted from the body the virus will die as the cells containing it die. If you are referring to blood, however, do not assume wet blood is non-infectious. Read more...

Is there any medication available to treat hepatitis C virus?

Yes. There are standard therapies that have been used for many years and newer drugs which offer the promise of higher success rates with fewer side effects. Read more...
Yes. . There are two regimens currently available for hcv depending on genotype. They involves pills and a weekly shot. Treatment lasts 6-12 months. Side effects are still common. New medications expected 3-5 years from now. Read more...

At which temperature will the hepatitis C virus be inactivated?

60°C - 65°C. Uvc light irradiation with an intensity of 450 efficiently inactivated hcvcc within 2 min. Exposures to formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, ionic or nonionic detergents all destroyed hcvcc infectivity the hepatitis c virus can survive outside the body at room temperature, on environmental surfaces, for at least 16 hours but no longer than 4 days. Read more...

When, and for how long, is a person able to spread the hepatitis C virus?

Forever? Approximately 15-25% of patients with hepatitis c infection are able - through unknown mechanisms - to clear the virus through their own immune system. The other % have chronic (long-term) infection and could spread this for life. Bear in mind that the means of acquisition for approx 20% of people is never fully determined. Read more...
If virus is there. As long as someone has hepatitis c virus inside them (found with a hcv RNA or viral load test) they can spread hepatitis c to someone who has contact with their blood. It is important not to share needles, syringes, cookers, cotton, water, etc. In drug use. Also don't share toothbrushes, razors, nail or hair clippers. If you have a new sex partner use condoms. Read more...