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Risk Factors of HCV Virus

The fact that one is infected with Hepatitis C (HCV) need not always mean that one can be afflicted with a liver disease. It takes many years, sometimes, even decades for Hepatitis C to bring about life-threatening diseases of the liver.
Once HCV enters a human body, it infects the cells named hepatocytes in the liver. A very small fraction of people (about 25%) really experiences any symptom of infection that includes fatigue, reduction in appetite, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes). Nevertheless, it is seen that most infected do have an increase in liver enzymes – like alanine aminotransferase (ALT) which is detected by a simple blood test. An increased ALT level indicates the damage of some liver cells by HCV.
Of the lot who are infected with HCV, 15-20% are able to clear the virus from their bodies within six months; infants and young women have been seen to do this spontaneously. But, the majority who are infected become chronic (infection stays in them for life) unless treated.Among the chronic patients, 15% have normal liver enzymes, even though HCV is detected in their liver and blood.

Hepatitis C Prevention

  • Despite all the medical advancements, there still is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. There are, however, steps that one can take to prevent transmission or to protect oneself and others from being infected.
  • Stop usage of drug usage via injections so that the primary method of transmission can be curtailed. If you still continue to inject yourself, use sterile and new unused syringes every single time.
  • Do not share non-injecting drug equipments like straws, pipes etc.
    Do not share personal care items like razors and toothbrushes of a person who has the infection.
  • If you wish to get a tattoo or do body piercing, ensure that you do it from a reputable person who maintains the highest standards of hygiene and safety.
  • Practise safe sex and insist on the usage of a condom always.
  • If you have the infection and have a cut or a wound, please ensure to keep it covered all the time so that infection does not spread.
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HEPATITIS C AND TRANSMISSION

When the blood of a person infected with Hepatitis C (HCV) is transmitted into the blood of an uninfected person, the infection spreads. The easiest ways for Hepatitis C to spread is through direct blood-to-blood contact like:

  • Sharing needle and other equipment to inject drugs: IDUs or Injection Drug Users who share needles, syringes etc are at a huge risk of contracting the infection.
  • Blood transfusion and Organ Transplant: People who have received blood transfusion or organ transplants prior to July 1992 are at risk, as it is only after this date that widespread screening of blood was initiated.
  • Sexual Contact with an infected person: Though low, the risk of getting infected as a result of unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person is still there. This risk is higher amongst HIV positive people and in men having sex with men (MSM). Sex with more than a trusted partner and rough sex can also lead to an increase in the risk of transmission.
  • From an infected mother to an unborn child: There is a six percent chance of an infected mother passing it to the child during pregnancy or delivery. This further increases when the mother is also HIV positive (almost double or triple) or has Hepatitis B or a high HCV Viral Load (the measurement of HCV in a given sample of blood). However, it is unlikely that HCV spreads through breast-feeding or breast milk.
    Studies show that three of four people who have chronic HCV were born from 1945 through 1965. The CDC recommends that people born during this period should be tested to be sure.

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RISK FACTORS

To summarize, it can be said that the following are the risk factors and that you should get tested for HCV if you:

  • Born between 1945-1965, irrespective of other HCV related risk factors
  • Were notified that you have received blood or organ from a person who later tested positive
  • Have ever injected illegal drugs, albeit a few times a long time ago
  • Received blood or organ prior to 1992
  • Received blood for clotting problems prior to 1987
  • Have HIV
  • Have long term kidney dialysis
  • Have proof of liver disease
  • Have a mother who is infected with HCV
  • Have occupational exposure to HCV e.g., Health workers

Other circumstances where the risk is unknown but still considered potentially dangerous:

  • Getting a tattoo or piercing from an unrecognized place
  • Multiple sex partners
  • Inhaling cocaine or injecting harmful drugs
  • It should be noted that HCV does not spread through casual contact such as kissing, sharing food, sneezing or coughing.

Chronic HCV Treatment USA

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is curable. Majority of the patients who took the clinical trials for the latest medicines were cured. Compared to the earlier days, treatment is shorter and easier too.The virus becomes undetectable in the blood within 4 – 12 weeks of treatment and will continue to do so throughout the treatment. People can be thought of as completely cured if the virus remains undetected in their blood even after 12 – 24 weeks of completing therapy. This stage is called as SVR or Sustained Virological Response. The chances of a recurrence after 24 weeks are negligible.The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases recommends that patients with chronic infection be treated, except those with short life expectancies that cannot be remediated via a transplant or other directed therapy. Such patients should be managed with expert consultation.

You could possibly get treatment for hepatitis C (HCV), contingent upon:
  • How harmed your liver is.

  • Other wellbeing conditions you have.

  • How much hepatitis C infection you have in your body.

  • What sort (genotype) of hepatitis C you have.

Hepatitis C (HCV) Treatment-Naive Recommendations

The aim of treating Hepatitis C is to cure the patient. It can be done using a combination of drugs. A lot of factors determine the length and the number of medications required for treatment. These include the genotype, patient on transplant list or not, lab tests, past history etc. Many approved therapies to treat HCV are also available like Harvoni, Daklinza etc. The virus becomes undetectable in the blood within 4 – 12 weeks of treatment and continues to do so till the treatment is on. People can be thought of as cured if the undetected status remains the same even 12 – 24 weeks on completion of treatment.
There are many recommendations for the medicines available by the AASLD, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. There are suggestions also for not using particular medicines for the treatment. For instance, Sovaldi + ribavirin for 24 weeks. Details can be explained by your doctor.
African Americans seem to be less responsive to HCV treatment. It could be their genes too. The newer medicines, however claim an equal effect on all races.


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