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Re: Blood Test - Hep C positive

Re: Blood Test - Hep C positive

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Posted by thanbey on September 26, 2000 at 07:52:36:

In Reply to: Blood Test - Hep C positive posted by Yaz on September 23, 2000 at 17:24:54:

: Can someone please explain to me the following:
: SGOT (AST) 61 (high)
: SGPT (ALT) 103 (high)
: GGT (GGTP) 91 (high)

: I had a blood test sent back from an Insurance company. They claim I tested positive for Hep C. It was a shock to me. I don't know how I could have gotten it. I have never been sick with Hepititis. Are the following scores dangerous?

Dear Yaz,

The scores are not dangerous. The dangerous levels are in the 1000's. But, they are high and could mean several things.

First, a positive antibody test does not mean you have an active disease. You will need a PCR-RNA to confirm the diagnosis.
The scores can be elevated because you do have an active infection, but they could also be elevated from other causes, like drinking alcohol.

Your next step should be to see a specialist (gastroenterologist). Ask whether they have many HCv patients. You will need the test I mentioned, plus a biopsy to determine whether there is any damage to your liver. That is the only way to know.
If you find a doctor that will not do a biopsy, or if you find one that wants to put you on a treatment before he has seen the results, resist this and insist on having these tests first.
Many people with hepatitis C do not need to be treated. With lifestyle adjustments (NO alcohol from now on and NO smoking) most people can live with this disease and manage it quite well.

The current treatments can be very hard on a person for a number of reasons and they can make your worse rather than better, even when they work. So they should be reserved only for people who have serious enough disease that they must be treated.

Hepatitis C is very rarely fatal. If you take care of yourself your chances of having serious complications are low.

DO the following:

Abstain form Alcohol (this is extremely important)
Abstain from smoking and smoking environments
Avoid toxic fumes (paint, gasoline, exhaust)
Be careful with your blood, cover cuts
Do not share personal hygiene items, toothbrushes, razors, manicure tools
Do not get a tattoo
If you have multiple sex partners, wear a condom, every time.
Discuss the risk with your spouse or partner. They need to know there is some risk (it is low in long term couples)

I hope this helps,

thanbey




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