Hepatitis C: More Widespread Than HIV And AIDS - page 2

An insidious killer has attacked an estimated 170 million people globally and continues to lurk in the shadows. As a nurse, nursing student, other type of healthcare worker, or member of the public,... Read More

  1. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from blueheaven
    I just lost my wonderful husband of 8.5 years 6 weeks ago to this damnable virus.
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
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  3. Visit  nervousnurse profile page
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    I was curious about this topic, and this is the most recent thread I could find. I am SO sorry for all of your losses!!! (((( hugs ))) to all of you!

    Many years ago, our infection control nurse told me that SEVERAL employees (mostly nurses) at our large hospital were hep C positive......have any of you been told this, too?
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    Quote from nervousnurse
    I was curious about this topic, and this is the most recent thread I could find. I am SO sorry for all of your losses!!! (((( hugs ))) to all of you!

    Many years ago, our infection control nurse told me that SEVERAL employees (mostly nurses) at our large hospital were hep C positive......have any of you been told this, too?
    I have not been tested for the hepatitis C virus, but I wouldn't be entirely shocked if I tested positive.

    After all, I shared living quarters with my HCV+ parents throughout my growing-up years. During those years my father was sometimes careless and occasionally cooked meals with cuts on his hands. They once pricked my finger with an old-fashioned lancet to check my glucose level; the platform of the lancet might have had their dried HCV+ blood.

    Also, nail salons are places where HCV infection happens if the equipment is not sanitized. I have gotten several pedicures without any idea about the cleanliness of the tools used.
  5. Visit  rizzamdeslate profile page
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    I was curious about this topic, and this is the most recent thread I could find. I am so sorry for all of your losses!
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    Quote from rizzamdeslate
    I was curious about this topic, and this is the most recent thread I could find. I am so sorry for all of your losses!
    Welcome! Did you have any specific questions regarding HCV?
  7. Visit  nursinghopeful2013 profile page
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    My dad was in the military and contracted the Hcv at that time in the Vietnam era. We are hoping he gets approved for sovaldi soon as the interferon was too harsh to tolerate a few years back. I know sovaldi may not cute but it is worth a try.
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    When I was little I got a microscope set for Christmas yes I was a nerd then too lol my Hcv+ dad was the only one that would give me a blood sample to look at on my slide. This was a few years before we found out about his infection. I wish more testing could be a standard practice for his age group at least.
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    Quote from nursinghopeful2013
    My dad was in the military and contracted the Hcv at that time in the Vietnam era.
    Yep. Many Vietnam-era veterans have HCV infection due to the 'air guns' used for mass vaccination. The equipment was not being disinfected between uses. In fact, my coworker's father died last year of liver failure secondary to HCV positivity, and yes, he contracted it during his time as a serviceman in the Vietnam War via those air guns.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for your father and hope he is approved for the latest treatment.
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    Thank you


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