Hepatitis C

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    Jan 06, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    i just had a health scare. thanks guys
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    Jan 06, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    Well as you probably know from your research, you usually get Hep C from some form of body fluid exchange from someone who has it already. I am kind of shocked that your physician didn't recommend you get treatment now, not later. Depending on whether or not it's chronic, (it usually is) your liver and overall health is adversely affected. If chronic it's treated with a drug combination peginterferon and ribavirin. Later a liver transplant if the liver starts to fail. Liver damage can take up to ten years for the damage to occur. I would get examined ASAP since you don't know how long you've had it.
    I've included a website that may be of some help or direction. It's not the end, just the start of a different journey in your life.

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    Jan 06, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    so you're asking us instead of your doctor?
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    Jan 06, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    So can hep c be contracted by giving oral sex?
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 06, 2011 7:40 AM GMT
    Sparkycat saidSo can hep c be contracted by giving oral sex?

    Doubtful. "The CDC does not recommend the use of condoms between long-term monogamous discordant couples (where one partner is positive and the other is negative)." So the virus is not present in semen. The virus is transmitted by blood-to-blood contact, so unless you're gnawing on your partner's penis, it's not likely that you would get it from oral sex.

    The most common cited methods of transmission are injection drug use, transfusions, improperly sterilized medical equipment, sharing anything contaminated with blood (razors, toothbrushes, cuticle scissors, etc) or from mother to infant during pregnancy.
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    Jan 06, 2011 7:58 AM GMT
    Tattoos are a huge way to contract Hep C
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    Jan 06, 2011 9:29 AM GMT
    You need to make every effort to go see a doctor who specializes in Hep C treatment as soon as possible. Don't accept this "it could take up to a year" rubbish. See your doctor and get a referral to see someone who is specialized in Hep C, or maybe contact either an area health service, a Hep C support group, or a health service for people with Hep C - either directly, or thinking outside the box, services who deal with people most at risk for getting Hep C, like injecting drug users.
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    Jan 11, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    doctors freak me out
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    Jan 11, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    From MedlinePlus, a National Institutes of Health online database:

    Hepatitis C infection is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). People who may be at risk for hepatitis C are those who:

    * Have been on long-term kidney dialysis
    * Have regular contact with blood at work (for instance, as a health care worker)
    * Have unprotected sexual contact with a person who has hepatitis C (this is less common, but the risk increases for those who have multiple sex partners, already have a sexually transmitted disease, or are infected with HIV)
    * Inject street drugs or share a needle with someone who has hepatitis C
    * Received a blood transfusion before July 1992
    * Received a tattoo or acupuncture with contaminated instruments (the risk is very low with licensed, commercial tattoo facilities)
    * Received blood, blood products, or solid organs from a donor who has hepatitis C
    * Share personal items such as toothbrushes and razors with someone who has hepatitis C (less common)
    * Were born to a hepatitis C-infected mother (this is less common than with hepatitis B)

    HepC is blood born. HepA is the one you basically get from fecal matter contaminated food (or orifices.) HepC can lie dormant for many years.
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    Jan 11, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    gotfish saidok so my doctor said that she wants to wait and do another blood test if the hep c i have is the type that "goes away by itself". i guess there are many people who just recovers from it with out doing anything. she did refer me to a GI specialist and said that it will be the "back-up" in case i have the hep c that my body cant fight alone. she is doing this because if i do get it treated the side effects are serious and long term. she's just being careful i guess...

    im just really boggled on how i got this. i have never done drugs and ive been with the same guy for almost 5 years. our(the bf and i) last std/blood exam was about 12 months ago and everything tested negative. the only "needle" contact ive had was when i got a tattoo 7 years ago. can hep c be dormant for that long??

    You're being treated by a doctor. Listen to her, follow her advice. I'm kinda surprised in LA you can't see a specialist sooner than a year, per your OP. Does it have to do with the way your health care is provided?

    Hep C is certainly serious. It is not immediately fatal, nor even ultimately fatal with treatment. Until this diagnosis is confirmed you should not have sex with others. Later, if it is, ask your doctor what you may or may not do with others. We all have a duty to be responsible, and not spread these things. That is, after all, how you likely got this, assuming you have.

    Don't repeat somebody else's irresponsibility. Now you must act the man, look after yourself, and make sure this doesn't spread. Let your doctor guide you.