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I found this on this, past question and answer:
Posted by thanbey on September 07, 2000 at 19:47:46:

In Reply to: antibodies for hep c posted by Kathy on September 07, 2000 at 19:02:14:

My boyfriend gave blood at our local Red Cross. They called him to tell him "he has the antibodies" for
hep c in his blood. Is this possible? He is a past drug users, could is have been transferred by sharing needles. Should I worry about being in contact with him. Thanks for your help.

Yes, it is possible. Transmission can occur through drug use (sharing needles, sharing straws or bills, works)

He will need to confirm that he has an infection through a PCR-RNA test. It is possible that he may have antibodies only.

Until he knows one way or the other, he should not drink alcohol. If his infection is confirmed, he should never drink alcohol again.

The disease can be trandsmitted through sexual contact, particularly if he has had multiple partners, or either sexual partner has a sexually transmitted disease.

Monogomous partners have a lower risk of transmission. Men give it to women. Condoms are advised.

He needs to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist ASAP.

What you should know is the Hepatitis C is NOT a death sentence. Most people who test positive will die WITH it, not OF it.

It moes slowly and there is time to get as much knowledge under your belt as possible and to weigh recommendations carefully.

There is no cause for worry at this point. See what the doctor says.

I hope this helps.


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