Oct 24, 2001
Thanks for this forum. Recently I have given blood do to the the terrible tragic day of 911. So..the test now have come back that I have antibodies & can't give blood. And may in the passed have been explosed to Hepc? So I am concerned . I am healthy & active. Yes my pased has many risk factors.. But I have 2 children & a husband..Do I worry about them? I am 48 years old & need help .. Thank you
Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
You need to go to your physician,and have the positive antibody confirmed with the test that detects if the virus is still in your body.This test is called PCR,and is very specific for active infection.The test also can measure the amount of virus in your blood.If the test is positive ,the next step will be to see the severity of damage this virus is causing to your liver.Only 15-20%,of all cases will go on to have severe damage and cirrhosis,after 30-40 years. You need to tell this to your partner ,and also check him for the disease,as it may be trasmitted by sexual contact.You do not need to worry about your children,the disease is only trasmitted by blood contact and sex. There is treatment available now,and we hope will be more effective in the next years.This is not the end of the world.!!Good luck.
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