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What is hepatitis c?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lea Danielsen
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2 comments
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Many chronically infected people NEVER develop cirrhosis. A lot of those who do also have alcohol abuse as a risk factor.
Dr. Thomas Buehner
In the presence of HIV the number of patients that spontaneously is significantly lower. Also the time to significant liver disease is shortened. The gold standard for treatment was interferon/ribavirin for 48 weeks. There are newer oral , interferon-free treatment cocktails that can effect a cure and the treatment can only be for as few as 12 weeks with less toxicities.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hep C

Answers on Healthtap will be "brief" regarding Hep C, because you simply can not explain enough about the Hep C virus in the 400 letters allowed by answering a question.
The CDC web site is all inclusive and has multiple attached links in itself to answer all your questions about the Virus. See attached website: "http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">htt

In brief: Hep C

Answers on Healthtap will be "brief" regarding Hep C, because you simply can not explain enough about the Hep C virus in the 400 letters allowed by answering a question.
The CDC web site is all inclusive and has multiple attached links in itself to answer all your questions about the Virus. See attached website: "http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/c/cfaq.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">htt
Dr. John Munshower
Dr. John Munshower
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