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Contact sport

I just want to know?

If you cleared hepatitis c on your own or with medication,and you get tested and is negative will you be allowed to compete in sports like mma(mixed marial arts)?

Nobody seems to know the answer?
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Are you referring to the professional level of the sport ? Since there are different organizations which promote the sport of MMA it may be a decision made at the front office of each . Its also possible that it is regulated differently from state to state as with professional boxing, etc. The major sports like football, basketball, baseball, etc. do not ban players with HIV,AIDS,or HCV.
Perhaps inquiring with one of the org's that promote the sport could get you an answer. I have been successful getting hard-to-find answers on sports topics by calling the sport editors desk at the local paper. If participation ever hinged upon being clear of HCV a confirmatory viral test could provide that answer in a few days.  If you do find an absolute answer please come back and share it. It would interesting to know how that is viewed in the MMA business.  
Best of luck ,
ML
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Yes,like the ufc.If you have a viral load that is 0 can you infect others?
Or if you cleared it and have the antibodies.

Thanks you.
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476246 tn?1418870914
If you beat the virus and only have antibodies, you do not have the virus. You cannot infect others with something you don't have.

So no... antibodies are not contagious.

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So you probably would be allowed to compete?

Thanks for the replies.
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476246 tn?1418870914
I guess so. Many people are just not aware of this fact. They cannot differentiate between being positive for antibodies or positive for the actual disease. You might have to have a letter from a doctor explaining that you have been cured, but will always carry antibodies.

It's kind of like having antibodies for other diseases. I.e., if you get a hep A or hep B vaccination... or measles or whatever it is, you will test positive for the antibodies.
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476246 tn?1418870914
I forgot to say that the only difference is that with other diseases having the antibodies will protect you to get infected by that very disease you carry antibodies for.

Not so with hep c, having antibodies does NOT protect you against being reinfected by someone else's infected blood.
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I'm actually going threw a more extreme case. I had a doctors note before I started training mma and have had HCV antibodies for a decade. I gave all my bloodwork and documents stating that I was not contagious.  They allowed me to fight in July 2012. I trained for a title shot on dec 8. And two days before the fight they told me I was not allowed to participate Even with a doctors note and a low positive HCV an of 7.88 which has been the same count for a decade.  I've never been treated for hvc and have been married for 11 years and my wife does not have antibodies or HCV.  This was in ky and today I speak with tn sport commission office to see what they say about allowing me to particispate.  Fingers crossed and prayers are welcome here.  
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what did they say ?
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what did they say ?
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5536514 tn?1373500002
Hi   Heard you were from fla.  What part would that be.  I have been thinking about Jackson memorial institute transplant center.  What do you think  I hope you are having good day, god bless you
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