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Hepatitis C Prevention, Transmission and Testing => Am I Infected? => Topic started by: Aj1987 on December 08, 2018, 07:16:43 am

Title: Mixed information
Post by: Aj1987 on December 08, 2018, 07:16:43 am
Hoya I’ve been trawling the web for info and there’s so much contradicting info .

The test window , is 3 months enough for an accurate test result ?

If so I can go next week

Also the dried scabs / cuts question . If I touch my dry scabs or cuts and don’t wash my hands and then touch something / someone could they become infected in this way or by them touching the scabs and cuts in my face and then going on to not wash their hands and touch themselves maybe cuts or scabs .  I’ve been  putting plasters over my face but I have a lot of these scabs and it’s pretty impossible to cover myself in plasters

Saw on local news yesterday that the new meds for 12 weeks cute hep in most cars and it was saying the uk was hoping to be totally hep c free in 6 years which is great

Much respect to everyone here and sorry if I am annoying people with these questions I just need some peace from worry atm
Title: Re: Mixed information
Post by: lporterrn on December 08, 2018, 02:34:02 pm
Although 3 months is usually enough for most cases, 6 months is a firmer window.

Pretty unlikely you will pass hep C that way, but it's possible. Best to wash hands, especially if there is any evidence of blood.

Yes, you can be cured - 12 weeks is the usual treatment length, although some only need 8 weeks.

All the best.
Title: Re: Mixed information
Post by: Lynn K on December 08, 2018, 02:36:54 pm
Test results on the hep c antibody test are reliable at 12 weeks unless your immune system is compromised like if you have cancer or AIDS (not just HIV) or are otherwise immune compromised. In those situations it can take up to 6 months for your body to create enough antibodies to develop to achieve detectable levels. But if you have a normal immune system the 12 week results are valid. You would already know if something is wrong with your immune system.

Scabs are not open wounds no blood is leaking out and if you were actively bleeding the blood would somehow have to enter the other persons blood stream. So for example if both of you were to cut your palms and force your palms together that would be a risk. Or sharing of IV drug needles.

Your old closed (scabbed over) injuries are not a risk for blood borne transmission.

Yup is is a new day for hep c than it was 4 years ago. Some treatments are actually as simple as one pill a day for as few as 8 weeks. The problem is that because hepatitis C is a silent illness so most people are unaware they are even infected. The goal of eridication would be to identify all those currently infected so they can be treated and cured.

For the majority of people a first treatment has about a 98% cure rate or better as compared with the old interferon treatments which has about a 30% cure rate for genotype 1a.

If you have worrying thoughts of contracting illnesses that you are at low to no risk of having contracted I suggest to improve your QOL you met consider getting treatment for the condition you may actually have, anxiety. If you do have anxiety and are treated you would be able to put these irrational fears behind you and have a much better life free from unnecessary worries.

Best of luck I am reasonably sure you don’t have hep c
Title: Re: Mixed information
Post by: Aj1987 on December 12, 2018, 03:59:29 am
Tested on  5/ 11/2018  - all standard stis hiv and syphallis - all negative

For Hep B, C , HIV and Syphallis tests came back within 24 hours all negative
Title: Re: Mixed information
Post by: Lynn K on December 12, 2018, 11:13:01 am