I’m looking for information on hepatitis C.?

Question by jp: I’m looking for information on hepatitis C.?
Most books I’ve seen in bookstores are written for medical people rather than lay people. I need a book that explains very simply the symptoms and possible cure for this disease.

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I’m looking for information on hepatitis C.? — 9 Comments

  1. I’m sorry to say but there’s no cure for Hep C. I personally have been living with it for 4 yrs now and the only symptom that bothers me the most that I get very tired sometimes, but as long as you eat healthy and dont take anything to aggravate your liver you can live with it no problem for a long time. Also make sure you visit your doctor as needed. Good Luck

  2. There is no cure for hepatitis C. Some patients with hepatitis C benefit from treatment with interferon alpha or a combination of interferon alpha and ribavirin.
    If you receive a diagnosis of hepatitis C, your doctor will likely recommend certain lifestyle changes. These measures will help keep you healthy longer and protect the health of others as well:
    * Eliminate alcohol consumption. Alcohol speeds the progression of liver disease.
    * Avoid medications that may cause liver damage. Your doctor can advise you about these medications, which may include some over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), as well as prescription drugs.
    * Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Be sure you exercise regularly, get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet that emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
    * Help prevent others from coming in contact with your blood. Cover any wounds you may have and don’t share razors or toothbrushes. Don’t donate blood, body organs or semen, and advise health care workers that you have the virus.

  3. There is no cure for hepatitis C, but treatment can cause the level of virus in your blood to become so low that it can not be detected. It is estimated that about 1.8% of the population (about 4 million people in the U.S. and 100,000 in Washington State) have evidence of current or past infection with hepatitis C virus. It is the leading cause for liver transplants and causes about 8,000 – 10,000 deaths each year in the U.S.There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. There are vaccines for hepatitis A and B. Public Health recommends people with hepatitis C be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B. . People who are at high risk of getting hepatitis C:

    Received blood or blood products from a donor who later tested positive for hepatitis C.
    Received a transfusion of blood or blood components (including during childbirth) before July 1992.
    Received a solid organ transplant before July 1992.
    Injected illegal drugs at any time in their life.
    Received clotting factor concentrates before 1987.
    Have ever been on long-term kidney dialysis.
    Had tattooing or body piercing in an unsterile or unsafe environment, such as in prison or in a setting where the equipment was used on more than one person without sterilization.
    Have persistently abnormal alanine aminotransferase levels (specific liver blood test) with no other explanation. Where can you get a screening test for hepatitis C?

    Hepatitis C screening is available through most private primary care physicians in Seattle-King County, including internal medicine and family practice physicians.
    If you have medical insurance, check with your provider or insurer to see if the cost of hepatitis C testing is covered.
    Public Health will do hepatitis C screening tests for persons who are at high-risk for hepatitis C (as defined above) and have no other source of health care.
    Check your local public health site for current availability of hepatitis C screening
    Confirmatory testing (RIBA, NAT) is not usually available through Public Health.
    If the screening test is positive, Public Health will refer you to someone who can do the confirmatory testing.
    Harborview Medical Center Madison Clinic (for persons with HIV infection or who want HIV testing also): 206-731-5100
    Harborview Medical Center STD Clinic: 206-205-STDS (7837)
    Harborview Medical Center Infectious Disease Clinic: 206-731-5169
    Harborview Medical Center Urgent Care Clinic: 206-731-5867
    For children: Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Gastroenterology (GI) clinic: (206) 526-2521What do I need to know if I have hepatitis C?

    Do not drink alcohol (including beer and wine).
    People who have hepatitis C and drink alcohol damage their liver faster than people who do not drink any alcohol.
    Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B if you have not had these infections.
    Hepatitis A and B can cause further liver damage in people with hepatitis C.
    Find a health care provider you are comfortable with who can check your liver function regularly.
    If you use injection drugs, you can get re-infected with different sub-types of the hepatitis C virus as well as get other infections including hepatitis B and HIV.
    If you shoot drugs, stop and get into a treatment program.
    If you can’t stop, do not re-use or share syringes, cookers, cotton, water, tourniquets or any injection drug equipment. Do not frontload or backload.
    If you have hepatitis and your liver is sick, some medications and remedies might hurt your liver more. Always consult with your health care provider before taking these:
    Over the counter medicines like Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
    Herbs, supplements and “mega” vitamins. How do I avoid spreading hepatitis C to others?

    Cover open cuts and sores.
    Do not share toothbrushes, razors, nail clippers, or other personal items that might have your blood on them.
    Do not donate your blood, body organs, other tissue, or sperm.
    If you shoot drugs, do not re-use or share syringes, cookers, cotton, water, tourniquets or any injection drug equipment. Do not frontload or backload.
    If you have one steady sex partner, there is a very low chance of giving hepatitis C to that partner through sexual activity.
    Avoid sexual situations that involve blood.
    Discuss with your partner about possible counseling and testing for him/her.
    To lower the chance of spreading hepatitis C to your partner, use latex condoms during sexual activity (oral, anal & vaginal).
    If you are having sex with more than one partner, use a latex condom to avoid the spread of hepatitis C and sexually transmitted diseasesI heard that there are support groups and educational materials to help people who are infected with hepatitis C. How can I find out about these?

    Hepatitis Education Project
    603 Aurora Ave. N.
    Seattle , WA 98103
    Email: hep@scn.org

    Frontline Hepatitis Awareness

    Hepatitis Foundation International
    30 Sunrise Terrace
    Cedar Grove, NJ 07009-1423
    Email: hfi@intac.com

  4. Hepatitis C causes liver damage with poor liver function and eventual liver failure. Some people feel like they have persistent flu. Lots of people have it and don’t even know it until abnormal liver function is discovered through routine blood work.

    Yes, there are cures out there, but a commitment to put up with the side effects is essential because once you start, you cannot miss a dose. You can’t drink alcohol or take illegal drugs. Most clinics ask you to sign a contract that you will adhere to treatment “rules.” Don’t wait—see a doctor and learn about your treatment options before your liver is damaged beyond hope.

    There are boat-loads of articles out there, but in a nutshell, this is the simple unadorned info you asked for.

  5. I don’t know of an easy book to read, but I can try to explain it to you.

    Hepatitis means “liver inflammation.” There are more than 3 types of hepatitis(liver inflamation); but A,B and C are the ones you hear about because the others are very uncommon. This “liver inflamation” or hepatitis happens when specific viruses attack our body. Sometimes the body is able to fight off the illness caused by the virus. In that case the person will not have permanent liver damage and will eventually feel back to normal. All people who have had hepatitis will be a hepatitis carrier(the virus will be in their body in an inactive state) for the rest of their lives. They will always be able to infect other people.

    People with hepatitis will say they feel like they have the flu … nausea, headache, sore muscles, very tired. The upper right area of their stomach may hurt. If they ignore these feelings long enough their skin and the whites of their eyes may turn yellow and their pee will turn dark orange or brown.

    Hepatitis A, B and C are spread by slightly different ways. The hepatitis C virus is spread when infected blood enters another persons body. This could be from a blood transfusion(very unlikely these days with all the checking they do on the blood), through sharing needles to inject drugs(most common these days), or through wound to wound contact(rare).

    There are vaccines available to prevent hepatitis A and B but NOT C. Most people (not all) who get hepatits C develop permanent liver damage. Drug treatment is available to help people with type C infections to lessen the chance of permanent liver damage.

  6. Well, most who answered were wrong. Depending on your genotype is how well you will respond to antiviral chemotherapy and the course of action as well. (48 weeks or 6 months).
    Your chance at a sustained viral response is that of 50 to 85%. (regardless of genotype)
    By treating early (regardless if alt and ast levels are high or not) is the best thing you can do.

    There are no treatments, ie, herbal, electric tense units (zapper) holistic or natural alternatives that cure hcv.

    A sustained viral response to antiviral chemotherapy post a year after treatment and you are considered cured.

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