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MomOfTwo2016
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   Posted 1/3/2016 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My father in law is dying from terminal cancer , also has hep c, I've been around him last 6-7 weeks, now I'm 33 weeks pregnannt and nauseated like crazy , and itchy all over. Is it possible I've gotten this from him??? I haven't noticed if he's bled and touched me but i don't know I'm freaking out

themiz
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   Posted 1/4/2016 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Lisa

If you think you may have Hep C, you want to be tested. That is the only way to know for certain.

There now is a cure for Hep C. Most are cured in 12 weeks. Big Hugs
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MomOfTwo2016
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   Posted 1/4/2016 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
He has chronic hep c I think, he's dying... If I got hep c from him, is it automatically chronic or what? :-(

themiz
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   Posted 1/4/2016 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is some good information for you.

www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/cfaq.htm#cFAQ11
Hep C is a curable virus. Since you are worried, I suggest you get tested. Big Hugs
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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Kahlil Gibran

ppm guy
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   Posted 1/4/2016 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Lisa,
So sorry to hear of father in law. But congrats on your baby.
Hep c is very difficult to pass between family members. blood to blood is necessary for transmission.

please get tested. it will set your mind free, to help with your dad in law, and a anxiety free birth of your child.
best of everything
barry

MomOfTwo2016
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   Posted 1/4/2016 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, my last and final question is,...

Can I get hep c from his body fluid? He has cirrhosis as well and gets drained a lot, but I was helping him get up the steps at our house, felt under his arm and it was very "wet".... I was not thinking about it, wiped my hands on my pants, didn't wash them because I got back in my car, and then ate something (so I don't know if this was on my hands when I put them in my mouth) I'm a nervous wreck and I feel bad posting in this forum, but i don't know who else to ask without sounding like a lunatic ... This "fluid" thing happened after my blood test results. I'm going to get a test in a couple weeks just to ease my mind. But I was wondering if it was possibly from helping him when he had fluids draining out his sides...

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   Posted 1/4/2016 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Lisa,

Happy New Year...

I'm sorry to hear of your FIL is not doing well. And I can "hear" in your words that you are very anxious about transmission of the Hep C virus. Please know that my partner, Mike, had Hep C years before I met him and we have been together 35 years and I have never gotten the virus myself. YOu can be sure I have been tested plenty of times though! And nope...didn't get it.

Transmission requires open bleeding on both sides. We are encouraged not to share tooth brushes, straws, razor blades. Hep C is not transmitted in semen, but if both partners were to have sores, one could transmit during sex. Other bodily fluids are not suspect. Mike was desperately ill before his transplant but he had the virus in his blood and it reinfected his nice new liver so he has some liver damage AGAIN, UGH. However, in 2014 he was successfully treated with Sovaldi and Olysio and has been undetected since May of 2014! Woo Hoo.

We do keep non latex gloves (you can buy them in the grocery store) on hand to use when treating each other for the various small first aid emergencies that happen in families, just in case. Even now I would use gloves to clean up a nose bleed.

We actually use separate sinks, bars of soap, though we shower in the same shower. We sleep in the same bed but we use a colorfast bleach on all loads of wash. WE use different color wash clothes. WE have been quite careful.b
I feel quite certain you are okay. Please post about your blood tests.

Hugs,
Mama Lama
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Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.

ppm guy
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   Posted 1/4/2016 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
totally understand!!!!
the answer is no.. unprotected sex, bodily fluids, do not carry the virus. please use gloves when attending to dad. shaving, trimming nails, injections, fecal matter that could contain blood are areas of concern.

getting tested is best for freeing the mind. the anti bodies will show up within 90 days. however if you need to know NOW, ask your dr to run RNA PCR. the active virus shows 1st.

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   Posted 1/5/2016 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Lisa, In the event you check back in here I just wanted to give you my personal perspective on what you wrote about. Your biggest concern should be the fluid (Ascites) you came into contact with while helping. By the way, Thanks for being there for him, Courageous and unselfishness speak volumes of your character. I don't wish to breed being unconcern for your situation but, Alot of Caregivers here have waded through far deeper toxic mess helping loved ones. Rarely has it been observed in this forum to have those exposed through typical social interaction gotten the disease. Be safe, Be vigilant, but never stop being a example to humanity. What a great mother you are and will be. My best.

Ziff
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MomOfTwo2016
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   Posted 1/5/2016 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ziff, are you saying I should be concerned about his fluids then? I'm not sure if I'm understanding right

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   Posted 1/5/2016 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Lisa, The ascites (fluid) would be a higher risk or potential exposure for you. Based on what I've seen here over the years and rational thinking which is often bypassed when one is scared. You aren't exposed deeply as say a lover (intimate) caregiver or medical experts. Those aforementioned are exposed to much higher risk (ascites, fecal matter, blood, sexual intercourse, sharing of common household bathroom hygiene items). If you look at most cases where someone contracted the disease it seems it's through blood on blood deep exposure. A needle for example, Traces of infected blood in and on the needle piercing (actual penetrating) skin tissue. Much the same as sexual relations. Penis bleeding from sore, Women's menstrual cycle would be a more likely way of getting this type disease. You are not engaged enough to be a high risk of contamination.

I'm not a doctor just a former drunk who killed off his liver due to alcohol. I had chronic severe ascites until corrective surgery was done. Ascites is nothing more than the build up of the toxins the body can't get rid of naturally due to liver damage. I have seen it being handled by the liter personally. Medical experts with proper protective covering. Gloves, Gown, surgical mask and face shield. To me that initially seemed very minimal protection considering the toxicity of the fluid. Again understandably folks get scared of what they don't know or understand. They (doctors) know the risk of transmission, Their isn't much chance of getting the disease unless I hopped up off the table and started humping one of them, Butt naked!!! Actually it would take even more exposure to them than that (too graphical), But surely you get my drift by now. I hazard to guess given the circumstances of your involvement with the patient, It was a risk but it ain't likely to have gotten you a case of Hep.C.

Wanna help this fellow? Wear protection to potential risk level. You don't need body armor, Hand to hand contact aint likely gonna get you. Wiping a tear or sitting on a toilet seat after them either. Really it's common sense precautions. No denigration intended. Calm yourself, Get tested if your really concerned you missed something or increase your risk factor. Fear is no way to live my friend. Research and recent advances in treatment have all but cured this disease. There is a whole lot worse diseases today to have than liver disease. Paranoia these days will have you putting some doctors office, Insurance company and pharmaceutical companies kids through college. tongue


Ziff
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