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Am I Infected? / Could i be infected?
« Last post by Scared123 on Today at 09:25:07 am »
This is super embarassing for me... My fiance hep c and without thinking we had anal sex. I noticed alittle blood afterwards and now I am uneasy. He is currently on his 2 month of harvoni. I dont know why I was so stupid. I have been tested and was negative. Now I am very worried I may have exposed myself. What are the odds and what should I do
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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Viral load question
« Last post by Lynn K on Today at 12:30:18 am »
Wow sounds like you and your family have had more than your share of problems from hep c.

Wishing you good news you most certainly have earned it
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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Viral load question
« Last post by Bumble on Yesterday at 10:29:14 pm »
I have tried to stay positive about the fact that at least this was 16 weeks with less discomfort than previous treatments.  After Interferon-Riboviron,  Harvoni and Mavyret didn't  seem too bad.  I have no liver disease.  My daughter was born infected and had advanced cirrhosis by the time she was 14.  My husband and she shared a transplant in 2008 on my birthday.  They have had many complications, but interferon worked pre transplant for my daughter.  She has been 0 since before her transplant. 

The worst of my symptoms seems to be the arthritis type of pain, which can be daunting,  but  most people over 60 have something.  Just started going to a pool for exercise, seems to help.

After Harvoni my viral load was 3.5 million.
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Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Small liver lesions
« Last post by Lynn K on Yesterday at 09:31:57 pm »
To be honest the liver itself does not have any pain receptor nerves however the capsule that surrounds the liver does. If the liver is swollen this can cause a sensation of liver pain because the capsule is being pressed on by the enlarged liver. There are other causes of lower right quadrant pain I found this on the NIH web site:

“Right lower quadrant abdominal pain is one of the most common causes of a patient visit to the emergency department. Although appendicitis is the most common condition requiring surgery in patients with abdominal pain, right lower quadrant pain can be indicative of a vast list of differential diagnoses and is thus a challenge for clinicians. Other causes of right lower quadrant pain beyond appendicitis include inflammatory and infectious conditions involving the ileocecal region; diverticulitis; malignancies; conditions affecting the epiploic appendages, omentum, and mesentery; and miscellaneous conditions. Multidetector computed tomography (CT) has emerged as the modality of choice for evaluation of patients with several acute traumatic and nontraumatic conditions causing right lower quadrant pain. Multidetector CT is an extremely useful noninvasive method for diagnosis and management of not only the most common causes such as appendicitis but also less common conditions.”

But whatever has caused your LRQ pain at least you found the small liver lesions. As I said they are not uncommon and often benign but good that they were found so your doctor can determine what they are so if it is something it is much better they are found sooner than later.

Please let us know what you find out
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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Viral load question
« Last post by Lynn K on Yesterday at 09:16:29 pm »
Yeah I treated 3 times with interferon base treatment. The first time was interferon mono therapy with 3 shots a week for 6 months with no other meds. That was all there was at the time. I was a null responder to interferon my viral load did not decrease on treatment at all.

After I was infected for probably 30 years I was diagnosed with cirrhosis on my 4th liver biopsy. But in 2008 there was no treatment available for me. When the new DAA’s were first approved I started treatment with Sovaldi and Olysio in March 2014. I was not detected at EOT but unfortunately when tested at 12 weeks post treatment I was found to have relapsed with my viral load back to just a little higher than it was before treatment at 2.4 million.

Harvoni was approved the next month October 2014 and after a fight with my insurance I started treatment for 24 weeks of Harvoni to which we later added ribavirin for the remaining 15 weeks of treatment. That one my 5th treatment worked and I am now almost 3 years post treatment. I will be 60 next month.

Do you have any liver damage? That can make us harder to treat.

I hope you will  have good news at your 4 week and 12 week post treatment testing. I know what a long road you are on.
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Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Small liver lesions
« Last post by worried55 on Yesterday at 07:42:32 pm »
The nurse just gave me the results.  They are going to follow up with an mri.  However I was treated for my hep c extremely fast and only had it at the most for 7 years.  I also had a very low viral count of 35000.   I had an ultrasound when diagnosed three years ago and it was clean.   I’ve had a fibroscan that was 0-1 and was treated and cured about a year and a half ago.  The reason for the ultrasound was I was getting some pain in my liver.    I can’t imagine it’s cancer from hep c but I’m obviously concerned.  Thank you for always responding. 
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Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Small liver lesions
« Last post by Lynn K on Yesterday at 07:07:31 pm »
From web md

https://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/liver-lesions

“What Are Liver Lesions?

Liver lesions are groups of abnormal cells in your liver. Your doctor may call them a mass or a tumor.

Noncancerous, or benign, liver lesions are common. They don’t spread to other areas of your body and don’t usually cause any health issues. But some liver lesions form as a result of cancer.“

So apparently they are fairly common and most often benign

What has your doctor said?
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Am I Infected? / Re: Possible Hep A risk?
« Last post by Lynn K on Yesterday at 07:01:16 pm »
The main issue is it is doubtful the phlebotomist was contaminated with hepatitis C blood but if hepatitis C blood should enter a wound there is a potential for infection.

To describe you potential risk in example if a health care worker should experience an accidental needle stick involving a patient with known hep C their risk of infection would be about 1.8% this is with know infected blood being pushed inside the blood stream of an uninfected person. So given that you can see you are at less risk than that.

You do not know if any blood was present or if this possible blood has hep c. You can’t be infected by what is not there. Even if there was hep c infected blood your risk would be less than the risk from an accidental needle stick scenario.

Wondering and worrying likely needlessly solves nothing. I am just a patient who was once infected with hep c and not a medical professional but I seriously doubt you are at any risk in this situation. My suggestion is either move one with your or if you continue to have concerns get tested then you will know instead of wondering and guessing. Or discuss your concerns with your doctor and consider discussing treatment for anxiety.

Good luck
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Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Small liver lesions
« Last post by worried55 on Yesterday at 05:27:11 pm »
Hey there so I posted a bit ago that I was svr 24 and it’s since been a year and I’ve had some liver pain and got an ultrasound.  It showed two small lesions.   I only had hep c 3a for a very short time about 7 years max! My questions is has anyone had benign liver lesions and had hep c.  I did have a fibroscan about two years ago and it was great.  My first ultrasound when I was diagnosed three years ago was clean. 
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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Mavyret
« Last post by lioninsunheart on Yesterday at 01:21:35 pm »
Type O,
 If you go back through my posts you will see that I went through hell for the first 3-4 weeks of treatment but have made major adjustments in my diet, a frequency of exercise, drinking more water each day, and constant contact with my Primary, etc. I am still making adjustments this far in. I totally wish we could have been on the list of Mavyret recipients that had no side-effects but it's the luck of the draw I guess. Just thought I would add this. -LH-
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