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Member of the family has history of hepatitis C, currently PCR, hepatitis negative. Will exposure to his wounds transmit virus to me?

Hi Doctors, I have a very important question. My father was infected with HEP C 3 yrs ago during his bypass surgery .He was tested for HEP C just after a month and it came positive it was *acute* hep c and was treated with 6 months treatment.he cleared it and now is clean for about 2 yrs .he tests for HEP C every yr now PCR HEP C and hes negative! .My question is for example if anyone in our household get exposed to his blood like into a wound or anything with our blood .are we going to get the virus? even thou he doesnt havea virus anymore but his antibody test would always show positive tht means he will hve the antibodies positive so if someone is exposed or had hep c PCR negative persons blood transmitted somehow tht person test results would come antibodies positve too or negative? and why does he still have positive on the antibody test but negative on PCR? I get myself and my family tested every other 6-7 months we are negative but I am still afraid If I can get this disease by any means and If i do get exposed to his bloodto my blood ..Am i gona have antibody hep c positive too? im so worried
Asked On : Wed, 25 Jul 2012
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Hi, Thanks for using the HCM.
Hepatitis C virus infection is mainly transmitted through parenteral route, and its a chronic condition, by taking medications we can control further multiplication of virus, can control viral load under control, antibodies will remain positive, antibodies are bodies response to virus, there are chances of viral transmission through blood, you need to take precaution while handling his wound, need to wear gloves, separate and proper disposal of wound dressing wastes,hand washing with antiseptics, by taking all precautions you can avoid viral transmission
Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help. Thanks get well soon....
Answered: Wed, 25 Jul 2012
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