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Author Topic: What is hepatitis A? How is it transmitted?  (Read 1585 times)

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Offline Hep Forum Moderators

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What is hepatitis A? How is it transmitted?
« on: October 02, 2017, 09:42:02 AM »
Hepatitis A has been in the press a lot lately. Do you know what exactly it is?

Hepatitis A is a type of liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus is spread from one person to another when the feces--even trace amounts of it--of someone with HAV gets into another person’s mouth. There are a number of ways that this can happen:

  • Eating food-particularly food that is raw or not thoroughly cooked (shellfish, for example)-that has been handled or prepared by someone who has hepatitis A.
  • Drinking water or ice that is contaminated with feces.
  • Engaging in oral-anal sex (“rimming”) with someone who has hepatitis A.
  • Coming in contact with blood-to-blood exposure (sharing intravenous drug injection equipment, for example). However, HAV is rarely spread through this type of exposure.

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https://www.hepmag.com/basics/hepatitis-a-basics/hepatitis-a-transmitted
« Last Edit: October 02, 2017, 09:45:21 AM by Hep Forum Moderators »

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Re: What is hepatitis A? How is it transmitted?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 08:29:39 PM »
After I was diagnosed with HCV, they ran antibody checks for HAV & HBV.  I had the antibody for HAV.  Always figured I got it when I was a toddler/crawler. Mom said anything that moved slower then me would go in my mouth.  :o
Geno 1B using Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin.
Starting Viral Load, less than 1 million.
Liver Biopsy, Stage 4, Grade 1.
Started Treatment September 2004, October 2004. Stopped Treatment and on Aranesp for 3 months due to drop in Hemoglobin form 14.1 to 8.1.
2 Log drop after 4 weeks, recorded in November 2004.
Started Treatment with reduced Ribavirin January 2005. Undetectable recorded March 2005.
End of Treatment December 16, 2005.
Continued to request V/L testing for 5 years.

 


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