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Alternative and Complementary Therapies for Hepatitis C

Once the news that you have hepatitis C sinks in, your thoughts will likely turn to treatment. Therapy with antiviral medicines is...
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Hepatitis C Drugs and Treatment

When you’re living with hepatitis C, deciding if and when to pursue treatment is one of the biggest healthcare decisions you...
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Hepatitis C Testing

The thought of taking a test -- whether for scholastic or medical purposes -- is often a scary prospect. But when it comes to hepa...
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Hepatitis C Risk Factors

When it comes to contagious viruses, the hepatitis C virus is more finicky than most in terms of how it is passed from one person ...
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Risks of Drinking Alcohol With Hepatitis C

Drinking alcohol when you have hepatitis C can be a dangerous combination, since both negatively affect the liver. The hepatitis C...
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What Is Hepatitis C?

When you think of epidemic diseases, illnesses like the flu, AIDS and Ebola likely come to mind — but perhaps not hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is often called the “silent epidemic,” due to lack of public awareness and the fact that the illness often goes undiagnosed for many years. The hepatitis C virus, or HCV, is transmitted through contact with infected blood. It primarily infects and damages the liver. While some people recover from the infection in a few months, hepatitis C more commonly persists if left untreated. Once a lifelong diagnosis for many, hepatitis C is a curable illness for most people now that effective antiviral medicines are available to combat the disease.
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Causes, Risk Factors and Prevention of Hepatitis C

Causes, Risk Factors and Prevention of Hepatitis C . When it comes to contagious viruses, the hepatitis C virus is more finicky than most in terms of how it is passed from one person to another. Whereas cold and flu viruses are easily transmitted through the air, the hepatitis C virus is a blood-borne virus. This means it can only be transmitted by specific types of contact with infected blood or body fluids that allow the virus to enter your bloodstream. Although hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne viral illness in the U.S., the likelihood of contracting it is based on specific risk factors, such as your age and behaviors or activities that may have exposed you to contaminated blood.
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Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Some illnesses hit like a thunderclap, with sudden symptoms that sideline you in a hurry. Then there are more stealthy diseases like hepatitis C. This serious viral infection usually flies under the radar and remains undetected for many years because people with the disease often experience few, if any, symptoms until the disease has substantially damaged the liver. When symptoms do occur, they are often ignored because they aren’t severe enough to disrupt daily life. Hepatitis C symptoms are also highly variable and often involve not only the liver, but also other body systems.
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Tests and Diagnosis for Hepatitis C

Tests and Diagnosis for Hepatitis C . The thought of taking a test — whether for scholastic or medical purposes — is often a scary prospect. But when it comes to hepatitis C, testing is your friend, not your enemy. Hepatitis C is a notoriously stealthy disease, often causing few — if any — symptoms even as the infection damages your liver. Laboratory testing provides a window into this furtive disease. Hepatitis C diagnosis, disease monitoring and response to treatment all require different types of lab tests.
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Drugs and Treatment for Hepatitis C

Drugs and Treatment for Hepatitis C . When you’re living with hepatitis C, deciding if and when to pursue treatment is one of the biggest health care decisions you’ll ever have to make. Many medical factors must be considered alongside your personal goals and preferences. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, have declined treatment in the past or have gone through previous therapy that was unsuccessful, the recent development of more effective hepatitis C drugs may warrant a discussion with your doctor. These newer regimens provide a cure for at least 80 percent of people with hepatitis C, according to an April 2015 report from the European Association for the Study of the Liver.
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