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How Contagious Is Acute Hepatitis

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AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

What Is Hepatitis? Viral Hepatitis Other Types of Hepatitis Medication Problems Alternative Approaches What Is Hepatitis? Hepatitis means an inflammation, or swelling, of the liver. Viruses can cause hepatitis. Alcohol, drugs (including prescription medications), or poisons can also cause hepatitis. So can opportunistic infections such as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC, see Fact Sheet 514 ) or Cytomegalovirus (CMV, see ...
Ask the Experts

ACUTE hepatitis C

Dear Doctor,Kindly enlighten us on what is acute hepatitis C? How do we know we have this condition? What symptoms should we look out for? Thanks.
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
"Acute" means new onset.Acute HCV is simply new infection with hepatitis C virus.Acute HCV most often occurs without symptoms. Those with symptoms might develop nausea, vomiting, right upper quadrant pain, jaundice (yellow skin) and icterus (yellow... Read more »

ABOUT ACUTE HEPATITIS C INFECTION

hi,DR. BABARA,i have seen you said:"However, if - and only if - the healthcare worker becomes ill with ACUTE HEPATITIS C INFECTION - THEN AND ONLY THEN - is additional testing for HIV recommended at 12 months"but i want to know ,what is "becomes ill...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
This refers to both a person with symptoms or a person with viremia (HCV in the bloodstream) which will be found through routine testing as a follow-up of risk. Read more »

Acute Hepatitis B Question

My husband was recently diagnosed with Acute Hepatitis B. (We were both tested for Hep B and HIV) ... my HIV test was negative, but my Hep B test showed antibodies present.3 Questions:1. Are the antibodies because I had the immunization some years...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...blood products can transmit the virus as can infected mothers to their infants during birth. In addition, the virus is very contagious and less intimate contact such as the types that can occur among young children or in healthcare settings can... Read more »

help with results

I tested Negative for HBsAG screen and positive for Hep B Core Ab, IGM. I had all my hep shots four years ago. What do these results mean and am I contagious?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...An hepatitis B IgM should only be requested if someone is concerned about acute hepatitis B in the setting of risk and elevated liver function tests. I can't comment further without information. Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public

...serious, lifelong illness. It results from infection with the Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can be either "acute" or "chronic." Acute Hepatitis B virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FAQs for the Public: Hepatitis C

...the difference between hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C? What is hepatitis C? Statistics How common is acute hepatitis C in the United States? How common is chronic hepatitis C in the United States? How likely is it... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

What Is Acute HIV Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection?... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

What Is Hepatitis C? How Is It Diagnosed? How Is Hep C Treated? Can Hep C Be Prevented? Hep C and HIV Together The Bottom Line What Is Hepatitis C? The hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause liver damage. HCV is transmitted by... Read more »
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ayuda , parece seguro que me contagie

Posted by marche, 4 Replies
no se si alguien me puede ayudar, tuve relaciones con una persona desconocida y tuve el problema de rotura de preservativo porque talvez lo dao la mujer con sus uas al colocarlo, nose , pero , despues de dos semanas se me inflamaron mis parotidas ,... Read more »

HIV Highly Contagious Before Symptoms Show

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...HIV Highly Contagious Before Symptoms Show: Study Reuters Health 10.18.01 HIV may be highly transmissible before an infected person experiences its Read more »

Hepatitis B question - would anyone know?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm a 26 yr old male that was born with Hepatitis B. I'm in a monogamous relationship with my girlfriend, who is vaccinated with the Hep B vaccine. We have been searching ALL OVER -- the internet, contacting the CDC, asking our physicians -- for a... Read more »

confused

Posted by Anonymous
...weeks, but virtually all patients seroconvert within 6 months (Am J Med 2000;109:568). Prophylaxis with antiretroviral agents and acute hepatitis C infection may prolong the time from transmission to seroconversion." It doesn't mention HBV. Read more »