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Author Topic: Just diagnosed w/ HepC..Shots for A&B?  (Read 7948 times)

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Offline Cheryl F

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Just diagnosed w/ HepC..Shots for A&B?
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:41:11 am »
53 year old female... just informed I have HepC. I am pretty scared and know little to nothing about this... Doc says I need to go get vaccinated for A & B... should I do that before I get in to see a GI doc? This is just really a path I dont' want to walk down..... ugh.
53/Female
VL: 624,938
GT: 1b

Offline Flaco

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Re: Just diagnosed w/ HepC..Shots for A&B?
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2016, 03:24:14 pm »
I asked my doc about that. He said he's less worried about B, as it is largely transmitted sexually and I'm married. Also likely because I'm OLD too lol - he didn't mention that, but I'll bet he took that into consideration.

He did say he'd order a test for A markers (I might have been exposed and killed it at some time in my life) at my next blood test. If no antibodies, then I guess I'll need a vaccine.

Sorry, I can't second-guess your doc; all I know is what mine said.

I remember how I felt getting the diagnosis. A nurse told me over the phone (!!); I felt like I had been hit smack-dab in the chest with a wrecking ball. Once you sit down, breathe, and start informing yourself about options it all begins to get a little less overwhelming.

Best of luck - you've found the right place. There are experts here, plus plenty of caring people if you just need to unburden.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2016, 03:28:54 pm by Flaco »
Best Regards,
Jack

Diag 2001
Failed PEG-int/Riba 2002, 48 wks.
2015-16:
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VL 14.7 million
GT 1A
Alkaline Phosphatase(37-127 U/L): 12/23/15 216; 1/14/16 152; 1/29/16 103; 3/18/16 68; 4/1/16 70
SGPT (ALT) (15-78 U/L) 12/23/15 862; 1/15/16 753; 1/29/16 518; 3/18/16 48; 4/1/16 28
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Offline lporterrn

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Re: Just diagnosed w/ HepC..Shots for A&B?
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2016, 07:29:41 pm »
The sooner the better on those vaccines, before or after doesn't matter. Your insurance should pay for them
Lucinda Porter, RN
1988 Contracted HCV
1997 Interferon nonresponder
2003 PEG + ribavirin responder-relapser
2013 Cured (Harvoni + ribavirin clinical trial)
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Offline Lynn K

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Re: Just diagnosed w/ HepC..Shots for A&B?
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2016, 07:35:48 pm »
As Lucinda said the sooner the better.

Surely we don't need the risk of a second type of hepatitis. I believe as of right now there is no cure for hep B so who need that.
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

Offline Cheryl F

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Re: Just diagnosed w/ HepC..Shots for A&B?
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2016, 09:14:04 pm »
Thanks for the input.  I was just concerned that the A / B vaccines might skew or alter any tests that might be done once I get to see a specialist.  I actually have been scheduled to see a GI Doc on April 1st... so if I am interpreting correctly, I should go ahead and get the A / B vaccines?
53/Female
VL: 624,938
GT: 1b

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Re: Just diagnosed w/ HepC..Shots for A&B?
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2016, 09:38:26 pm »
You are interpreting that correctly. The vaccines won't affect the tests and doing them sooner will protect your liver sooner.
Lucinda Porter, RN
1988 Contracted HCV
1997 Interferon nonresponder
2003 PEG + ribavirin responder-relapser
2013 Cured (Harvoni + ribavirin clinical trial)
https://www.hepmag.com/blogger/lucindakporter

 


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