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Re: Hepatitis C

Re: Hepatitis C

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Posted by thanbey on November 30, 1999 at 11:27:05:

In Reply to: Hepatitis C posted by Donna on November 22, 1999 at 11:01:14:

The antibody test will not answer the questions you have asked. Your situation warrants a review, and further testing, by a specialist.

If you test positive by PCR-RNA and have a detectable viral load, then you must get a biopsy to determine whether any damage has occured to your liver and how much.

At that point you will be in a position to have the entire picture of your situation and make decisions.

Do not drink alcohol, share razors or toothbrushes, cover cuts and scrapes, and use universal precautions in your workplace.

Avoid tattooing and body piercing.

If you continue to ignore your situation, this would indeed by a stupid decision. Hepatitis C can progress for years without symptoms, but it does not mean that there is no damage to the liver.

On the other hand, 15% or so of people do clear the virus spontaneously and simply have antibodies with no progressing disease. I hope you are in this category, but you can't know this without further testing.

Maternal to child transmission is about 6%, so you might want to have your children tested. Hepatitis C is very different in children (much milder with a higher rate of spontaneous clearance).

If you wish to have more information, please contact me at the address above.

I hope this helps.

thanbey
Hepatitis C Outreach Project


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