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Re: HepC Tests

Re: HepC Tests

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Posted by thanbey on September 20, 2000 at 18:19:46:

In Reply to: Re: HepC Tests posted by Bob on September 20, 2000 at 17:53:07:

: Do you know how prevalent it is to contract HCV after having surgery? It is another "educated guess". How many people could possibly be contracting this disease because of lack of proper sterilizing in our hospitals? Any opinions on this theory? I am angry as to how I contracted this, and you are telling me there is really no way of pinpointing the cause?


Dear Bob,

I'm sorry, but that is what I am telling you. Unless the surgeon was positive and you had contact with the surgeon's blood. That's possible, I guess. There really is no way to tell.

If you had received a transfusion before 1992, received blood products before then. A surgery prior to 1975 is a higher risk than after 1975 because of all the disposable equipment we now use.

But service in the Vietnam War is a high risk, for reasons that are not altogether clear. The vaccine air guns are the culprit most often suspected, but contact with blood was common during this war.

Absent IV Drug use any time in your life, the Vietnam experience would be what I would put as your highest risk factor.

Other risk factors are sexual transmission (extremely rare from female to male), tattoos, occupational exposure (healthcare, police , fire, rescue),


I hope this helps,

thanbey


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