Question: Do I Have To Tell My Dentist I Have Hep C?

What happens if you leave Hep C untreated?

If left untreated, hepatitis C can sometimes cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis).

This can develop up to 20 years or more after you first become infected.

A number of things can increase your risk of getting cirrhosis, including: drinking alcohol..

How soon after exposure can hep C be detected?

If a person exposed to hepatitis C becomes infected, virus particles (called HCV RNA) can be detected within 1-2 weeks. Liver function tests also tend to rise during this timeframe. Hepatitis C antibodies appear after RNA is detectable and can take 3-12 weeks to appear.

Can you test negative for Hep C and still have it?

Negative (nonreactive). But sometimes, your negative result can be false, meaning you have HCV. That may happen if you: Took the test too soon after your exposure. This test checks for only HCV antibodies, which can take several months to appear.

Can Hep C be cured completely?

Hep C can be cured Today’s treatments are all oral and can be completed in as few as 8–24 weeks. Additionally, many of today’s treatments have high cure rates of 95% or higher. A patient is considered cured if the hepatitis C virus is not detectable in their blood months after treatment has ended.

How long can hep C lie dormant?

Although she has been carrying the virus in her blood for 40 years, she is only now beginning to notice symptoms, including headache, fatigue, and joint pain. That delay between infection and onset is typical of hepatitis C, which can lie dormant in the body for decades.

Can Hep C go away on its own?

Like the human papillomavirus (HPV), early acute hepatitis C can clear on its own without treatment; this happens about 25 percent of the time. However, it’s more likely that the virus will remain in your body longer than six months, at which point it’s considered to be chronic hepatitis C infection.

How likely is hep C transmitted sexually?

Because hepatitis C is thought to be transmitted via blood-to-blood contact, only sexual activities that increase the potential for exposure to blood are considered risky. The risk of sexual transmission of hepatitis C is widely considered to be extremely low in heterosexual relationships.

Is an itchy back a sign of hep C?

5. Your skin is itchy or blotchy. While 20 percent of people with hepatitis C report pruritus, or itchy skin, it’s important to note that it’s most common when people are developing later-stage liver disease or cirrhosis (liver scarring).

Do you have hep C for life?

The prognosis of chronic HCV is typically very good, and as treatment continues to improve, it will only get better. Most people with chronic HCV can live a normal life, providing that doctors are able to diagnose it before any liver damage or other complications occur.

Can Hep C come back after being cured?

Infection relapse. It’s possible, but rare, for hepatitis C infection to reappear after apparently successful treatment. Relapses usually occur in the first few months after blood testing to confirm that the virus is no longer detectable. Sometimes, however, a relapse becomes evident much later.

Can you get hep C from dental work?

Can hepatitis C be spread during medical or dental procedures? As long as Standard Precautions and other infection-control practices are consistently implemented, medical and dental procedures performed in the United States generally do not pose a risk for the spread of hepatitis C.

Can you have hep C for 40 years and not know it?

People with an HCV infection commonly go without noticeable symptoms for as many as 20 to 30 years. Those who are infected experience no significant symptoms when they first acquire the infection, and then they can remain symptomless for years, even while the infection is causing damage to their liver and other organs.

Can Hep C be transmitted through saliva?

Hepatitis C is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. It is also not spread through food or water.

What does a Hep C rash look like?

The rash is typically itchy and widespread, which means it might be on numerous places on the body. The rash is typically red and might lead to skin swelling, which can last for many hours. It might even look like an allergic reaction.

What are the symptoms of end stage hep C?

Symptoms of end-stage liver disease may include:Easy bleeding or bruising.Persistent or recurring yellowing of your skin and eyes (jaundice)Intense itching.Abdominal pain.Loss of appetite.Nausea.Swelling due to fluid buildup in your abdomen and legs.Problems with concentration and memory.

Can you kiss someone with hep C?

The virus can’t be transmitted through casual contact, such as sharing a cup or eating utensils with an infected person. Hugging, holding hands, and kissing also won’t spread it. You can’t catch the virus from someone with hepatitis C sneezing or coughing on you.

What are the odds of contracting Hep C sexually?

Most experts believe that the risk of sexual transmission of HCV is low. Most studies show that only a small percentage of people – usually ranging from 0-3% – contract HCV through unprotected heterosexual intercourse with a long-term, monogamous HCV-positive partner.

Can Hep C show up years later?

Some people may develop hepatitis C symptoms within two weeks of infection. Others might experience a longer delay before noticing symptoms. It could take from 6 months to 10 years or more before someone with the virus becomes aware of any symptoms.