Hepatitis C Guide - What Happens
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Hepatitis C - Treatment Overview
Being diagnosed with hepatitis C can change your life. You may feel angry or depressed about having to live with a long - term (chronic), serious disease. You may have a hard time knowing how to tell other people that you have the virus. It can be helpful
Medical History for Hepatitis C - Topic Overview
Your doctor may ask questions about your general health and lifestyle. You may feel uncomfortable answering some of these questions. But truthful answers are important to help your doctor determine whether you have or are at risk for hepatitis C infection.What are your symptoms, and how long have you had them?Do you now or did you ever share needles when injecting drugs?Do you come in contact with blood or used needles in your work?Do you live with anyone who is known to have hepatitis C?Did you ever or are you currently having your blood filtered by a machine (hemodialysis)?Do you have a blood-clotting disorder, such as hemophilia, and did you receive clotting factor concentrates before 1987? Since 1987, clotting factor concentrates have been treated to kill hepatitis C viruses (HCV). So this now is rarely a source of HCV infection.Have you ever received blood, blood products, or a solid organ (kidney, liver, or pancreas) from a donor? In 1992, screening of all blood, blood products,
Hepatitis C Genotypes - Topic Overview
Six major strains (genotypes) of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) cause infection. You may be infected with more than one genotype at a time.Genotype 1 is the most common strain in the United States.Genotypes 1, 2, and 3 are found worldwide.Genotype 4 is found throughout northern Africa.Genotype 5 commonly is found in South Africa.Genotype 6 is common in Asia.Genotype testing is done with a blood test.How genotype affects treatmentAlthough genotype tests are not used to diagnose HCV infection, they may be done before treatment begins. Knowing the genotype may help a doctor choose the best treatment plan. You should know your genotype before treatment starts.Antiviral medicines are more likely to work for people who have genotype 2 or 3. If blood tests show that you have responded to antiviral therapy (the virus is not detected in your blood) after 6 months, treatment may be:Continued for another 6 months, if you are infected with genotype 1.Stopped, if you are infected with genotype 2 or
Hepatitis Panel - Topic Overview
A hepatitis panel is a blood test used to find antigens, antibodies, or the genetic material (DNA or RNA) of the viruses that cause hepatitis. Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver.Your doctor may order a hepatitis panel if you have symptoms of hepatitis. Symptoms of hepatitis include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellowing of your eyes or skin (jaundice), dark yellow urine, and feeling ..
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