[Question #1193] HBV/HCV Question (please, please help me)

48 months ago
Dr. Hook,

I know your first instinct will be to delete this question due to repetitiveness (and I honestly wouldn't blame you!) but please, please know I fully took your tough love advice to heart. I stopped looking at any medical literature or other websites cold turkey. The last few days I've been blissfully living my life again as normal. But last night I somehow accidentally clicked on a study I must have viewed before in my web history (I know it doesn't sound believable, but it's honestly true!) I've now deleted my web history so this won't happen again. But now I'm back in a terrified state, I honestly can't think straight.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18313290  This was a large sample study published in the European Journal of Cancer, it talks about the high risk for household transmission of HBV/HCV, and also how sexual intercourse substantially increases risk of HCV (the latter I am not so worried about as I myself have been tested, but don't understand as I thought HCV did not really transmit sexually?)
Bearing in mind your previous advice, I wouldn't have been so worried about this article, except that one of the authors is Silvia Franceschi, a very renowned specialist in the field who works for the WHO, and has published over 1000 articles - http://dceg.cancer.gov/news-events/linkage-newsletter/2012-03/visiting-scholars/silvia-franceschi 
Also appears she has been on review boards with Dr Handsfield - http://jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/207/12/1941.full


All I can ask Dr, is that you please, please take sympathy on me and just answer if it impacts any of your previous advice in Q#1104 or related threads? And if not, what does this research study mean for me? I know I have no right to ask this, but please believe me it was an accident I found this study. I completely trust the advice of yourself & Dr. Handsfield, but I tend to think extremely logically, and I just can't move on with my life unless I get closure on this.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
48 months ago
Closed without comment.  EWH
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