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    October 22, 2011

     

     

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    This is a secure and private avenue of information. Your email address, contact information, names, will not be shared with any medical entity. Neither will any information supplied in your question to Debbullan Inc. be rented or sold to anyone.

    If you have a question regarding Hepatitis C please submit your questions to Debbullan IncWe will submit questions to the medical professionals and support systems that have offered to help you on our behalf.

    Debbullan Inc. is not a medical institution. Debbullan Inc. does not recommend particular treatments for specific individuals under any circumstance. In all cases we strongly recommend that you consult your physician before pursuing any course of treatment.


    Can Hepatitis C be Transmitted During Sexual Contact?

    Surveys and Epidemiology surveillance reports universally agree that the percentage hepatitis C is transmitted through sexual intercourse range from 3% to 15%. The least likely transference beginning with sexually monogamous partners.

    Remember to use barrier methods of contraception (eg, condoms, diaphragms). Oral contraceptives do not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Hepatitis C is transmitted from the blood of the infected.

    From an international study in 1999 through a 10 year study completed in 2004 to CDC statements unchanged since mid 2009 to a NIH supported website copyrighted this year, Hepatitis C is consistently reported not as a STD but as a disease whose transmission via sexual intercourse is not effective through monogamous, non violent means.


    Can Hepatitis C Be Transmitted From Mother to Child?

    Seventy-seven studies published between 1992 and 2000 were revisited in 2001.
    Language was not restriction:

  • HIV/HCV co infection raised percentage of transmission from 3.5% up to 22%
  • Intravenous Drug Use raised transmission from 3.4% to 10.8%
  • Mode of Delivery as well as breast feeding transmission studies require standardization in study however at the time show no real change in transmission possibility.
  • Information available in 2008 shows no difference suggesting transmission to unborn children among non high-risk-mothers remain at just over 3%.

    Extrapolated data: Between 10,000 to 60,000 newborn babies will be infected with HCV each year due to Mother to child transmission.
    Source for the above information: NATAP
    Additional corroboration exists within the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga, USA http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/C/cFAQ.htm#cFAQ14

    How long after exposure does it take to test positive for HCV?

    According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia USA):
    "HCV infection can be detected by anti-HCV screening tests (enzyme immunoassay) 410 weeks after infection. Anti-HCV can be detected in >97% of persons by 6 months after exposure." "A single positive PCR test indicates infection with HCV.
    A single negative test does not prove that a person is not infected.
    Virus may be present in the blood and just not found by PCR.
    When hepatitis C is suspected and PCR is negative, PCR should be repeated."
    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HCV/HCVfaq.htm#-/a>

    People at
    High Risk for Hep C should test regularly.

    For more information regarding testing for HCV, Cigna Healthwise (Health Insurance Company) answers questions about testing as well as about the procedure itself


    Is Stem Cell Research a Research Avenue For Hepatitis C?

    Research in gene transfer technology to battle hepatitis C as well as liver regeneration to reverse the damage done by the virus is moving forward. Debbullan Inc. is searching for a volunteer to become our liaise in this field.



    Can Hepatitis C Be Contracted By Repeated Use of a Syringe by The Same Person?

    "...repeated use of the same syringe and needle by the same patient. If the patient does not have HCV he/she cannot get it from the syringe/needle. If the patient is being treated for HCV and clears the virus but continues to use the same syringe/needle he/she can re-infect himself/herself. The patient using the same syringe/needle is at risk for bacterial infections from using a dirty syringe/needle."

    Source: Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Medical Professional

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