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HCV, Survival

would you please answer on my question sharply,How long Hepatitis C Virus could survive in a 3-5 ml Syringes (at room temperature).

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Risk of contracting Hepatitis C

I had unprotected sex with a male friend 2 nights ago and today he told me that he has Hepatis C. What are the chances of me contracting Hep C and what should I do? Thank you very much for your immediate reply..

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Hep C Relapse post Tx

Dr. post tx., if the Hep C virus were to re-appear, and re-infection was not an issue, when will it most likely show up? I believe, as with RVR, if your un-dectectable 30 to 40 days post tx., most likely the tx worked. Is that accurate? Thanks

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Hep C and HIV seroconversion

Hi - Does coinfection with Hep C delay the window period for seroconversion and if so, to what extent? I have the guidelines about testing until 3 months and then, if and only then, develop acute Hep C then further testing is warranted? is that corre...

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Can i get hep c by living with someone with the virus?

Can i get hep c by living with someone with the virus? Am i at risk of becoming infected with HCV just by living with some whose positive can i become infected like eating the food she prepares or beverages she also prepares or by living with her tou...

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Confusion about HBeAb and HBcAb positive

Hello, I always tested negative for HBeAb and HBcAb in the past. I've received HBV vaccine (all 3) 2 years ago, therefore my HBsAb is positive, but HbsAg is neg. I am confused by the positive result for HBeAb and HBcAb, does it mean I was exposed to ...

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Hep C

I recently found out i have hep c. and with furthr er testing i now know its " inflamed ". I'm an athlete who has struggled with drug use. I'm scared to do treatments because of the lack of energy i've heard about. Could you give me an answer on what...

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HCV Transmission through nick with a washed trimmer.

I am hcv positive 10 years. I used my hair trimmer at my armpits and grazed the upper skin a little at one side, then washed its cutting edges with water for one minute, then I washed it with an after shave lotion containing alcohol for one minutes a...

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Chronic HBV can lead to autoimmune hepatitis?

Hello Dr McGovern, I have been a life-long carrier of Hepatitis B for 40 years. My doctor believes I am an inactive carrier because my liver function tests, ALT, AST have been consistently normal. (By normal, I mean ALT < 33 IU, not like the ridiculo...

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anti hbs titer

hi dr. i'm a surgery nurse. and being medication nurse is one of our responsibilities.. accidentally i pricked myself with the needle from the syringe of a HEPA PRECAUTION patient (hbsag-reactive, diagnosed with jaundice secondary to choledocolithias...