|Hep & HIV
Mar 17, 2008
I'm HIV+ and have been vacinated for Hep A & B. What are the synptoms of Hep C through sexual contact? Can I be cured of Hep C? And how long should I wait for treatment. ? I don't go back to my ID specialist until May. My CD4 count is about 500 and my viral load is undetectable now.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
Good questions. 1. I am glad your physician vaccinated you. This is very important.
2. HCV can certainly be transmitted sexually. There are more and more case series of men who have sex with men who have contracted HCV - this is usually associated with traumatic sex and with concomitant STDs.
Side effects of acute HCV can include right upper quadrant pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite and jaundice (turning yellow). Some patients have no symptoms at all.
3. If a patient gets HCV acutely (eg, it just happened) serial HCV RNAs should be drawn to see if the patient clears the virus own its own. If not, immediate therapy is best.
If a patient has chronic HCV, then the first step is to see if the virus is present in the blood. If so, I tend to get a liver biopsy in those with genotype 1 infection. I don't feel as strongly about a biopsy in a person with genotype 2 or 3 infection.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Flu Symptoms After Sex With Hooker Condom Broke Worried I Have HIV
- Itchy Red Spots After Nipple Biting Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Tingling In Fingers After Vaginal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Trouble Urinating After Insertive Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Vaginal Discharge After Anal Sex Condom Broke Worried I Have HIV
- White Bumps After Kissing Cut On Lip Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.