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Posted by thanbey
on November 16, 1999 at 12:39:24:
In Reply to: Dormancy/Testing posted by Kimmy on October 20, 1999 at 22:56:09:
The CDC relies on local and state health departments for their information. they track only ACUTE cases of HCV, which are rarely diagnosed.
These are the facts about the virus. You can be PCR-RNA positive within the first week of exposure if you have HCV virons in your blood. About 15% of people will still spontaneously clear the virus without any intervention.
The antibodies to the virus develop within about six weeks and the infection turns chronic(seroconverts) at around 6 months.
Sexual partners are advised to be tested every six months.
The risk of sexual transmission is higher for women (men transmit to women), those with another sexually transmitted disease (herpes, chlamydia, genital warts, HIV,etc) or anyone with a compromised immune system.
It is now thought by some that transmission rates are higher in those whose health is not optimum through poor nutrition (run down state of health) There are even those who believe this is why transmission is higher in the drug using population.
If you are the partner of someone who is HCV positive and you choose not to use protection, then be sure to keep your own health in top form by eating well, exercising regularly and having regular tests and screens for all conditions appropriate to your age and health status.
I hope this helps.