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The Importance Of Preventing Hepatitis C Virus Among Injection Drug Users

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Reducing the Risk of Getting HIV From Injection Drug Use

...who is not infected. For example, HBV is spread through having sex with an infected person without using a condom or by sharing drugs, needles, or "works" when "shooting" drugs. Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is found in the blood of persons who have this disease. HCV is spread by contact with the blood of an infected person. Although it is rarely transmitted sexually, it is very easily...
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Unreadable results (HARM REDUCTION FOR INJECTION DRUG USE, 2010)

A family member had HIV and STD tests done at local clinic. All the results for STDs were negative. The result for HIV test listed unreadable. What does this mean? There can not be a 3 month waiting period as she is sexually active and occasional...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...without using a condom or by sharing drugs, needles, or "works" when "shooting" drugs.Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is found in the blood of persons who have this disease. HCV is spread by contact... Read more »

viral load

the last time I visited with my specialists he said my viral load was at 1,000,000 / ml and my geno type is 1, what exactly does this mean? he also told me that since I already am so fatigued and so sick to my stomach that he would not recommend...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...details.Good luck.Dr. Bob Hepatitis C and HIVFebruary 20, 2006What Is Hepatitis C?Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by a virus. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is transmitted through infected blood. Hep C spreads easily when drug users share... Read more »

Is Hep. C contageous?

i have a health care worker coming here and she tells me she has hepatitus C. do i have to worry about getting the infection from her?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Hepatitis C is only spread by blood to blood contact - like injection drug users sharing needles. It can less commonly spread through sexual intercourse, particularly with associated trauma. Read more »

hep c transmission (Guide to Hepatitis C for People Living With HIV)

Dear Dr. Bob:How exactly is Hep C transmitted?Best regards,Just Wondering
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis C is a virus that lives mostly in the blood and in liver cells. Infection with the hepatitis C virus can cause liver inflammation and scarring. Mild scarring is known as fibrosis and more serious... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Evidence for the Effectiveness of Sterile Injecting Equipment Provision in Preventing Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission Among Injecting Drug Users: A Review of Reviews

...evidence on the effectiveness of harm reduction interventions involving the provision of sterile injecting equipment to prevent hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV among injecting drug users. Among the interventions assessed: needle and syringe... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Development, Description, and Acceptability of Small-Group, Behavioral Intervention to Prevent HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among Young Adult Injection Drug Users

... "Young injection drug users (IDUs) who are not infected with HIV or hepatitis C virus are at great risk of acquiring one or both of these infections through their sexual or injection behaviors," the authors wrote. Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Effect of a Hepatitis C Virus Educational Intervention or a Motivational Intervention on Alcohol Use, Injection Drug Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Injection Drug Users

...examined at six and 12 months after enrollment. In multiple logistic regression analyses adjusted for baseline alcohol use and hepatitis C virus status, participants assigned to the motivational intervention were found to be significantly less... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

High Dead-Space Syringes and the Risk of HIV and HCV Infection Among Injecting Drug Users

...dead-space syringes (LDSSs). The current study examines the association between using and sharing HDSSs and prevalent HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among injecting drug users (IDUs). In Raleigh-Durham, N.C., a sample of 851... Read more »
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NOT A MYTH

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...types of jobs also risk occupational exposure to bloodborne infection. We report the case of a policeman in whom both HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) seroconversion were clearly documented after he was involved in a bloody fight while making an... Read more »

iv drug user hiv hep c syphillis

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...If you had sex with iv drug user would it take longer to show up hiv positive? Could you go into neurosyphillis within months please help Read more »

Hepatitis C

Posted by hopefulindy, 1 Reply
I tested HIV- at 3.5 months post possible exposure. I have on going health issues and no answers. I am waiting on blood work to see if I have been exposed to Hep C. If someone is infected with Hep c and HIV at the same time would that slow the... Read more »

sister of my fiance has aids, need advice

Posted by knut_hamsun, 4 Replies
My fiance just told me her sister has aids. my fiance tested lately, and she is negative. some of the other family members have not been tested. The sister has been sick for 10y. I am in a bit of shock here, and need some advice. the sister has... Read more »