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How is Hepatitis C transmitted? Is Hep C Curable?

Hepatitis C Transmission

The skin and mucous membrane of the human body form a fairly good barrier against external invaders. Is Hep C Curable? The Hepatitis C virus cannot simply cross this barrier by itself and infections can only occur if this natural barrier

damaged locally. This occurs, for example, with transfusion with contaminated blood or blood products, use of contaminated surgical instruments or needles. 

Before 1991, Hepatitis C infection was a risk for recipients of blood transfusion and for people with hemophilia (bleeding disease) who were treated with a coagulation preparation made from human blood. In 1991 an extensive check of blood and blood products for Hepatitis C virus was introduced by the blood banks in the Netherlands. 

Since that time, the chance of being infected with Hepatitis C when administering blood or blood products, for example for the treatment of hemophilia, has been processed in such a way that the chance of infection is almost completely excluded. 

Another large group of infected people are drug addicts who spray dirty needles or use common straws to sniff cocaine. This also applies to people who, even once, have injected drugs. 

In more than a third of patients with Hep C Curable, however, it is not possible to indicate how the infection has contracted. Possible factors that played a role here include tattoos, common use of razor blades or toothbrushes, contact with contaminated blood in the event of an injury to the skin or mucous membranes, operations. 

Because, as mentioned, the skin and intact mucous membranes form a good barrier against the virus, there is no risk in normal intercourse with Hep C Curable patients, such as in the family, cuddling and kissing and intercourse at work or in the same class for contamination.

What Causes Hepatitis C?

  • Blood transfusion before 1991
  • Infusion of blood products before 1991
  • Drug injection using dirty needles

 Possible risk factors:

  • Operations
  • Interventions in the teeth
  • Puncture with contaminated needles
  • Common use of razor blades or t