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ask: how long can a person live with hipatis c? Thanks

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babe 1968

I won't to Thank every one who commented Thank you this has helped me some to understand it. babe 1968

October 21, 2011 - 6:01pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hepatitis C usually spreads through contact with infected blood. It can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.
This is the link to an article on Hepatitis C. It includes all the possible ways a person can contact the virus:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001329/
Hope all goes well for your sister.

Maryann

October 6, 2011 - 4:35pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hi,
According to MedlinePlus, "Most people with hepatitis C infection have the chronic form. Patients with genotypes 2 or 3 are more likely to respond to treatment than patients with genotype 1. The chance of removing the hepatitis C virus from the blood with treatment is over 90% for some people. Even if treatment does not remove the virus, it can reduce the chance of severe liver disease. Many doctors use the term "sustained virologic response" rather than "cure" when the virus is removed from the blood, because it is not known whether this will last a person's entire life.
Thank you for your question,
Maryann

October 5, 2011 - 6:01pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

You did not answer the woman's question. She asked; "How long can a person live with Hepatitis C?" Granted, it does not have an easy or even a specific answer, but as an RN, give it a try.

Here are the facts; some people live with it all their lives and don't even know they have it, and they do not die from it. Others are not so lucky. It can progress rapidly to extensive liver damage and even liver cancer. Women tend to fare better than men with Hep C; the monthly cycle keeps our iron levels low (iron is hard on the liver). Life style plays a part; cutting out red meat - iron again, and all alcohol will extend the health of the liver. But it is a terrible disease, and every patient is different.

Fortunately, we are on the cusp of some fantastic new medication breakthroughs for the treatment of Hepatitis C; new meds that will replace the old standards in which the treatment seemed worse than the illness. We are almost there in the fight against Hepatitis C, and I do believe we will see the ability to treat and end this disease within the next five to ten years.

October 18, 2011 - 10:13am
babe 1968 (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you so much for answering my questing so soon my sister has the antibodies for it but she has to have more blood work done and an ultrasound done soon of her liver ,So how can you get it if you don't mind me asking ..... Thank you

October 5, 2011 - 8:18pm
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