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Hepatitis c transmission - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hello
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how can i help u?
User :   Hi there doctor, may i know your name pls
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i am dr XXXXXXXX here
User :   Hi doctor XXXXXXXX
User :   i have a couple of questions to ask regarding a friend of mine, hope its alright
Doctor :  
yes
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pls proceed
User :   he has been doagnosed with hepatitus c and he is so shocked
Doctor :  
ok
User :   otherwise he is appears so healthy
User :   will he survive? it it terminal disease, is there a cure?
User :   is it a heridity dieasease?
User :   will it affect me if i am in his company
User :   like in a a car and he is smoking (i dont smoke) and i inhale his smoke etc
Doctor :  
ok
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its not heridetary disease
User :   should i also go for a check? since am his long time friend
Doctor :  
* shaking hands with an infected person
* hugging an infected person
* sitting next to an infected person

Doctor :   will not cause hepatitis
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it spreads through blood
User :   ok
Doctor :  
being born to a mother with hepatitis C,
having sex with an infected person,being tattooed or pierced with unsterilized tools that were used on an infected person,getting an accidental needle stick with a needle that was used on an infected person,using an infected personĂ¢??s razor or toothbrush,sharing drug needles with an infected person

User :   ok so its like hiv
User :   what about his breath? his smoked cigarte?
Doctor :   yes exactly
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no
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it will not cause hepatitis c
User :   why its called "c" is there a and b type too? and is this last stage? whats the cure process
Doctor :  
its just for convinience sake they have named it hepatitis c depending upon the virus
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yes there is hepatitis a,b also
User :   so its not like a is less serious and so on
Doctor :  
normallly in few people it will reduce on itself...
Doctor :  
but for some people it will remain for long time becoming chronic and then causing liverfailure and also some times liver cancer
User :   2 questions only. 1) how it has gotten into my friend? (he is a police officer) and 2nd whats the treatement and how long and what he needs to take care (eat not to eat etc).
Doctor :  
it normally spreads through blood and also unprotected sex ias i have laready told u
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so it may be either of that
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from how maany days is he having this?
User :   so its not like eating junk food or eating outside.
User :   he just came to know today after a blood test
Doctor :  
no no its not because of that
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Most people who are infected with hepatitis C don't have any symptoms for years.
User :   ok whats the cure?
Doctor :   A blood test can tell if you have it.
Doctor :   . The infection can last a lifetime and may lead to scarring of the liver or liver cancer.
User :   my goodness
Doctor :  
Chronic hepatitis C is most often treated with the drug combination peginterferon and ribavirin.
User :   will it be cured 100%?
Doctor :   Medicines sometimes help, but side effects can be a problem
User :   ok
Doctor :   Serious cases may need a liver transplant.
User :   how will he know he is not chronic. i think doc should tell him
Doctor :   chronic means ..in some persons the virus will stay in their liver for more than 10 years
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then he is at risk of liver failure
User :   that means he can know from test how long he has this??
Doctor :   yes
User :   finally what are symptoms ?
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ok
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yellowish eyes and skin, called jaundice
User :   one more question, can it get by drinking water from same glass (like half filled water which was drank by affected person)
Doctor :   loss of appetite,weight loss
Doctor :   no u will not get
User :   ok
User :   thanks
User :   i wil leave now
User :   u take care
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