Category Archives: Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C scare at Royal Adelaide Hospital

Recently, the Royal Adelaide Hospital found that an employee was positive for Hepatitis C.  This raised concern, because as many as 30 patients could have been exposed to the virus.  These patients have been offered precautionary screening tests for Hepatitis C, as well as counseling, if needed. An investigation was began immediately to determine which […]

More about Hepatitis C. Here’s the details:

Hi, I am sorry about not being clear. I am a male. My condom broke, and as soon as I pulled out, I ejaculated. It must have been a few seconds before I pulled out. Is my risk high of contracting Hepatitis C? The first thing that you should consider is the person who you […]

Is it possible to be infected after a 5 second incident to Hepatitis C?

Possibly? Yes, anything is possible. When you say a five second incident, what is the exposure in concern? Five seconds of scratching your ear? Or a needle stick? If it’s a needle stick, it takes less than five seconds to inject yourself with a dirty needle, in which case the infection would likely occur. What […]

Hepatitis C RNA Quantitative Testing

The quantitative HCV RNA tests use either a process called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) or signal amplification (branched DNA). These are all “quantitative” techniques and will give an actual level of HCV RNA — a measurement of the amount of hepatitis C virus in the blood. The result will be an […]

Hepatitis C Virus Tests

Test Overview Hepatitis C virus (HCV) test is a blood test that looks for proteins (antibodies) or genetic material (RNA) of the virus that causes hepatitis C. These proteins will be present in your blood if you have a hepatitis C infection now or have had one in the past. It is important to identify […]

Clinical significance of hepatic HCV RNA in patients with chronic hepatitis C demonstrating long-term sustained response to interferon-alpha therapy.

Larghi A, Tagger A, Crosignani A, Ribero ML, Bruno S, Portera G, Battezzati PM, Maggioni M, Fasola M, Zuin M, Podda M Department of Internal Medicine, Ospedale San Paolo, Milan, Italy. Whether sustained biochemical response and absence of serum HCV RNA in the 6-12 months following suspension of interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) therapy reflect definitive viral clearance […]


The school nurse can serve a variety of functions, from administering first aid to taking temperature to … pregnancy testing? Starting this fall, the health centers in New York’s Port Chester public school district will begin providing STD and pregnancy testing to requesting students. Starting this fall, the health centers in New York’s Port Chester […]

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is one of the many viral infections with the tendency to affect the liver. In approximately 75% of cases, the infection will become chronic, meaning that it does not go away. After about 20 years of a chronic Hepatitis C infection, approximately 20% of these people will develop cirrhosis (or hardening) of the […]

Histological changes in HCV antibody-positive, HCV RNA-negative subjects suggest persistent virus infection

Abstract: It is unclear whether hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been eradicated or persists at a low level in HCV antibody-positive HCV RNA-negative individuals. The natural history and liver histology are not well characterized. One hundred seventy-two HCV antibody-positive, serum HCV RNA-negative patients underwent diagnostic liver biopsy between 1992 and 2000 and were followed a […]

Causes Behind Development of Hepatitis B&C

Hepatitis is one of the prominent health problems. Many illnesses and conditions can cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is most often viral, due to infection with one of the hepatitis viruses (A, B, C, D, and E) or another virus (such as those that cause infectious mononucleosis, cytomegalovirus disease, or yellow fever). Hepatitis B […]