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Know About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and possibly cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer much like the hepatitis B virus.
Hepatitis C virus reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and possibly cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer much like the hepatitis B virus.
 

Hepatitis C virus reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and possibly cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer much like the hepatitis B virus. However, HCV is different with its own traits.

A person may be infected and have no signs or symptoms, and can live with the virus for decades without knowing it while the virus does damage to the liver. About 80% of people exposed develop a chronic infection. Remember, that means long term. Only about 20% are able to clear the virus by naturally building immunities.

There are about 3.2 million people in the USA infected with HCV with about 17,000 new cases each year. Deaths from chronic disease each year total approximately 12,000 people. Symptoms are not a reliable way to detect hepatitis C either. A blood test is needed. If symptoms appear, they may look the same as hepatitis B. yellow skin (jaundice) yellowing eyes tiredness loss of appetite nausea dark urine joint pain abdominal discomfort fever Unlike HIV or HBV, HCV is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person through needles. Hepatitis C is most commonly spread by Sharing needles for Injection drug use (currently the most common means of HCV transmission in the US).

Receipt of donated blood or blood products, and organs (once a common means of transmission but now, due to the fact that there is much more screening available, it's much less a risk). Birth to an HCV-infected mother. Needlestick injuries in health care settings, although this is a low percentage of how HCV infections occur. And unlike HIV and HBV, hepatits C is spread less frequently through sexual contact or sharing personal items contaminated with infectious blood, such as razors or toothbrushes. HIV infected people face a much greater risk of infection due to an already suppressed immune system. Now there is no evidence of HCV transmission from food handlers, teachers, or other service providers in the absence of blood-to-blood contact.

Like HIV and hepatitis B it is not spread by casual contact like handshakes, hugging, doorknobs, or using the same equipment like toilets or water fountains. There is no cure for hepatitis C and today there's still no vaccination.

 
 
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