hepatitis C and dating.

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 9/6/2007 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey folks!
I've posted here before and had some wonderful responses. I work for Liver Health Today magazine (formerly Hepatitis magazine). I am putting together a proposal for a feature article on having hepatitis C and dating. I would love to hear of any topics relating to this issue that you all would like to read about.
So far I plan on interviewing a psychiatrist who specailizes in treating hepatitis C patients to see what her views are on how people respond to meeting someone who is chronically ill and considering dating them. I also plan on interviewing doctors to clarify the risks in a sexual involvement. I will also research some of the online dating sites for persons with hepatitis C.
If there's something else that you would like to read about, please let me know. Thanks!

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/7/2007 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Trapes! How about nutrition and diet in liver patients?


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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 9/7/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Having been married for 19+ years, I can't comment on the dating aspect. But on the "risks in a sexual involvement" matter, the hepatologist has told my wife and me that the risks of transmitting HCV is minimal, like 5% or less (I can't recall the specific percentage).

Don't know if this helps you at all.


Pink Grandma
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 9/7/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Trapes, When I started to date my husband he did tell me about his hep C. I was scared just like everyone else until I talked to his doctors and read alot of articles on it and I was comfortable enough with the low risk rate, (I don't remember what it was either) of my getting it sexually that I married him. I loved him enough to take the risk.
Dating a chronically ill person is not easy. I had to listen to all my family about how I was going to get it or that maybe someone in our family would get it. They finally shut up when I married him. I had to educate them on it as they didn't have the right information. I didn't tell my friends at first that he had hep C either. I had already heard enough from my family.
I did however take precautions like not using his toothbrush, towels or other personal items. I also got tested regularly. I did not get the hepatitis C virus. We were together for over 9 years when he past away from liver cancer due to hep C.
I also think that there needs to be more informative articles about once you get hep C then what. We had heard about how you got it but we were ignorant as to all the different symtoms that would start happening. Like the encephalopathy, the seizures and the cancer that could develop. His GI was actually useless for information.

Good luck with your article...........Pink Grandma
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