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Welcome to the Hep Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people who have Hepatitis B, C or a co-infection, their friends and family and others with questions about hepatitis and liver health. Check in frequently to read what others have to say, post your comments, and hopefully learn more about how you can reach your own health goals.

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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Started Harvoni 3/12/15
« Last post by Lynn K on Today at 02:24:36 pm »
I'm doing pretty well these days! we are survivors!

kim

Amen Sista high five  ;D
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Am I Infected? / Re: Help ease my mind
« Last post by Lynn K on Today at 02:22:50 pm »
Yes the antibody test should be accurate 12 weeks after a potential exposure to hep c unless you are immune compromised if for example you have an existing HIV infection or are undergoing chemotherapy which could delay the development of enough antibodies to reach detectable levels up to 6 months post exposure. However, if you have a normal immune system yes the 12 week wait should be adequate.

But again from what you described as your concerning exposure event it is such low odds of having contracted hep c by what you described your likelyhood of having contracted hep c in that manner is essentially non-existent. The antibody test would be really only for your own peace of mind

Best of luck
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Am I Infected? / Re: Help ease my mind
« Last post by OCDworrygirl on Today at 10:54:09 am »
I want to thank you again as rereading this thread has helped me through some low days with the OCD.  I have continued to progress with the OCD and I am looking forward to putting my worries to rest FINALLY.  It has been 12.5 week - I can get an antibody test now and have it be reliable?  This is an amazing thing that you do for people who are worried!

Sarah
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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Started Harvoni 3/12/15
« Last post by KimInTheForest on Today at 03:42:09 am »
Hi Kim long time no see I hope your doing great!

Me still hanging in there ;)

I'm doing pretty well these days! we are survivors!

kim
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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Started Harvoni 3/12/15
« Last post by Lynn K on Today at 01:23:49 am »
Hi Kim long time no see I hope your doing great!

Me still hanging in there ;)
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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Started Harvoni 3/12/15
« Last post by KimInTheForest on Today at 12:06:13 am »
Hey congrats to you Sailor and Kim. I’m also hep c free since four weeks after starting treatment in Nov 2014. Had a couple of viral load tests long after finishing treatment. One was spring 2018 and still no viral load so I guess I’m also hep c free. Still have liver cirrhosis though but at least it seems to be stable.

Best to all

That is awesome Lynn! You have gone through so much treatment-wise. So great that you are finally free of Hep C. I am seeing this message months late for some reason. oh well! Thanks for all you do in answering patient questions here all these many years! :)

kim
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Hepatitis B / Re: I am scared and I don’t want to die
« Last post by UJJHEPB on Yesterday at 10:32:00 pm »
Is there any new update on your condition
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I'm sorry for your loss.

As I recall, and with all due respect, your mother was in her 80's and had numerous comorbid conditions. There wasn't then, nor is there today, clinical data that links   Solvadi and Olysio to stokes. There is, however, amble data suggesting a link between age and stroke.

Again, I'm sorry for loss.

Best wishes, Mike
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Am I Infected? / Re: Do I need to get testing?
« Last post by Lynn K on October 08, 2020, 11:59:30 pm »
HOW HIV IS TRANSMITTED
HIV is transmitted through the following bodily fluids: Blood, Semen, Pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), Breast milk, Vaginal fluids, Anal mucous

When you have sex with someone who is HIV-positive (infected with HIV) the virus can enter your system through small tears in your vagina, anus, penis or – rarely – your mouth. Open sores caused by sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) such as herpes and syphilis can make it easier for HIV to enter your system.

HIV can be transmitted through contact with the blood, semen, genital fluids, or breast milk.

If you are an injection drug-user, HIV can be transmitted when your blood comes into contact with another person’s blood through sharing needles. HIV can pass from mother to child while a woman is pregnant or through breast milk. In rare cases, healthcare workers have come into contact with body fluids and become infected. Effective screening has made HIV infection via blood transfusion or organ donation extremely rare.

HIV is NOT transmitted through the following bodily fluids: Saliva, Vomit, Feces, Nasal  fluid, Tears, Sweat, Urine

Transmission / Exposure
How is hepatitis C spread?
The hepatitis C virus is usually spread when someone comes into contact with blood from an infected person. This can happen through:

►Sharing drug-injection equipment.

Today, most people become infected with hepatitis C by sharing needles, syringes, or any other equipment used to prepare and inject drugs.

►Birth.

Approximately 6% of infants born to infected mothers will get hepatitis C.

►Healthcare exposures.

Although uncommon, people can become infected when health-care professionals do not follow the proper steps needed to prevent the spread of bloodborne infections.

►Sex with an infected person.

While uncommon, hepatitis C can spread during sex, though it has been reported more often among men who have sex with men.

►Unregulated tattoos or body piercings.

Hepatitis C can spread when getting tattoos or body piercings in unlicensed facilities, informal settings, or with
non-sterile instruments.

►Sharing personal items.

People can get infected from sharing glucose monitors, razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes, and other items that may have come into contact with infected blood, even in amounts too small to see.

►Blood transfusions and organ transplants.

Before widespread screening of the blood supply in 1992, hepatitis C was also spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. Now, the risk of transmission to recipients of blood or blood products is extremely low.

Hepatitis C is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. It is also not spread through food or water.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Do I need to get testing?
« Last post by Lynn K on October 08, 2020, 11:57:07 pm »
Is it possible to get HIV or Hepatitis C in this way? 

No


Is testing warranted?

No

You may want to consider counseling for medical anxiety.
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