Living with a chronic disease like hepatitis C can be depressing and nerve-wracking. Coping with the side effects of treatment isn't easy either. But another difficult aspect of having the disease is how it can interfere with your relationships.
"People with hepatitis C experience a lot of stigma," says Alan Franciscus, executive director of the Hepatitis C Support Project in San Francisco. "It can be really hard."
You may avoid talking to friends or family about the disease because you're worried...
You may get infected without knowing it. You may not find out
that you have an infection until you have a routine blood test or donate
blood. Finding out that a family member or someone you live with is infected also
may cause you to be tested. Some people never know they have hepatitis B until
a doctor finds that they have
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 29, 2012
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