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Can You Get Hepatitis From Fecal Matter

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AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

...might be inflamed for six months or more. Chronic hepatitis stays in your body. You can infect other people, and your disease can become active again. Hepatitis A and E are both acute diseases. They are spread by contact with fecal matter, either directly or from water that has sewage in it, or through food that was handled by someone with contaminated hands. Hep A and Hep E do not cause chronic illness. Hepatitis B is the most common...
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hepatitis and stools

In late stage chronic or acute hepatitis, would it be possible for stools to retain the same characteristic punngent odor? If so, is this bile or damaged liver cells being excreted? Can stools be checked for bile levels or damaged liver cells...
Michael Fried, M.D.

Response from Michael Fried, M.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
...It should be kept in mind that there is great variation in what are "normal" stools and many factors such as diet, medications, vitamins, etc. can alter stool color and consistency. In acute hepatitis, stools Read more »

Worried daughter and hepatitis fears

HiJust over 30 years ago my Mother had a form of Hepatitis when she was about 18 years old although she is not sure of the type she had. She had symptoms such as Jaundice which affected her eyes pale stools and also itchy skin on the bottom of her...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Jaundice secondary to viral hepatitis can be part of a significant illness related to the offending agents. However, it turns out that jaundice is a predictor of viral Read more »

transmission through fecal matter?

There was a question asked a couple of months ago on transmission through urine from a toilet. How about fecal matter?
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...Exposure to feces does not pose a risk for infection with HIV, unless there is blood present in the feces and that comes into contact with your Read more »

sewage life

Could the hepatitis C virus live in raw sewage containing fecal matter, used feminine protection, used condoms with semen, used syringes.
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
...Hepatitis A is the most likely hepatitis to be found in sewage since it is excreted in the stool. Syringes could be a source of hepatitis B and C although it would be extremely unlikely for the virus to survive long enough Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public

...illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter even in microscopic amounts from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces, or... Read more »
Black AIDS Institute

Hepatitis: Is Your Doctor in the Dark?

...blood-borne virus that inflames the liver. Hepatitis A is often transmitted through foods tainted with microscopic amounts of fecal matter, particularly during overseas travel. It is also transferred through contaminated blood and stool.... Read more »
HIV i-Base

Other Viral Hepatitis Infections

... Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Other viral hepatitis infections Hepatitis A Hepatitis A (HAV) is found in faeces (stool). People become infectedwhen faeces from an infected person enters theirmouth. This may occur when food (including... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions About Hepatitis

...aches, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, mild stomach pain, loss of taste for cigarettes, diarrhea, dark urine, light-colored stools, and jaundice (skin and/or the of the eyes look yellow). Is there a vaccine, treatment, or a cure for... Read more »
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HIV/HepB Coinfection and test implications

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...continue to have all the symptoms of ARS and more. When I say more, I also noticed a few times ive had very dark urine, and pale faeces, which I have read is a symptom of HepB. My question for anyone knowledgeable out there, is:- Can a Hep B... Read more »

AnalysisParalysis!!!

Posted by DFWMan, 3 Replies
...but was curious: Would just 4 days be considered early for showing symptoms of ARS? Or, should I be more concerned about viral hepatitis than HIV? Looking for that place called "hope"... Thanks! Read more »

negative meia after 12 weeks. Got hep B vaccinatio

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...got tested for p24 on 19th day, 4 weeks MEIA, 8 weeks MEIA, 12 weeks MEIA, all negative. I still have digestion problems, my stool comes out in the same order I ate food and has the same color of food I eat. On 14th week, I saw a new doctor who... Read more »

Any other guys out there had Hepatitis-B??

Posted by MarkyMark, 9 Replies
...I have been goin through an acute episode of Hepatitis-B for 3 months now and cant seem to find anyone out there who has also gone through this and i have no one to talk to, I feel Read more »