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How common is hepatitis C in united states?

Varies: Estimates are from 2.7 to 4.5 millions, but most patients are in the baby group born between 1946 and 1964. If you are in that group or older, you should get tested. ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more


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Can you let me know how many people in the united states have hepatitis C ?

4-5 million: At least 4 -5 million people have been exposed to hepatitis c in the us. The cdc estimates that about 75% of these people were born between 1945 and 1965. This is why they recommend that everyone born between those years get tested once for hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Common ways of hepatitis C transmission?

3 common ways: There are several ways to transmit. Blood transfusion and needle sharing are the 2 far most common. It can be transmitted by rough sex...But is much more difficult. Mothers may also transmit it to newborns during the birthing process. ...Read more

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How common is it for people to get hepatitis C if they already have herpes?

Slightly increased: Hepatitis c is only rarely transmitted via sexual contact. But, sores such as herpes or syphilis can increase the transmission. Condoms might help protect against transmission. If you are concerned it is important to be tested. ...Read more

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Is it true that hepatitis C more common then aids and is it deadly or can you live with it?

Is it true that hepatitis C more common then aids and is it deadly or can you live with it?

Yes and yes: Hepatitis c is 4 to 5 times more common than HIV and more people in the us die of hepatitis c than hiv. However, unlike hiv, hepatitis c is curable. Everyone with hcv needs to find a health provider with experience taking care of people with hcv so you can take advantage of the revolution in drug development against this disease. ...Read more

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While going threw treatment for hepatitis C is it common for some people to get prescribed antidepressants snd aniexty medication because of sieffects?

Interferon: Yes. But why are you on any treatment these days with interferon? Better, more effective, and more tolerable meds that will cure hep c are on their way this year. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis c?

A virus: Hepatitis c is a virus that affects the liver. It is transmitted by blood contact. About 20% of people fight it off quickly. The rest it keeps attacking the liver for years/ decades. Some people get fatigue, some don't notice it. Around 20 years of this attack the liver develop cirrhosis and even failure. There are treatments available, although work is being done on better options. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis C?

What is hepatitis C?

Infection: it is a viral infection that affects the liver ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more