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    1. Hepatitis Panel - 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

    2. Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs) for Chronic Hepatitis B

      Drug details for Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) for chronic hepatitis B.

    3. Hepatitis A - Topic Overview

      The following tips can help you prevent the spread of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Inform the people you live with and/or have sex with about your illness as soon as possible. If you have long-term (chronic) HBV infection,you can infect others with the virus even if you have no symptoms of illness. Do not donate blood or blood products,organs,semen,or eggs (ova). Stop all sexual activity ...

    4. Hepatitis B and C: Risk of Liver Cancer - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Hepatitis B: Should I Take Antiviral Medicine for Chronic Hepatitis B?

    5. Hepatitis C - Topic Overview

      The American Association for the Study of Liver Disease has made recommendations for treating long-term (chronic) hepatitis B. These recommendations are based on the presence of hepatitis B antigens in your blood,the level of hepatitis B viral DNA ( HBV DNA ) in your blood,and the levels of your liver enzymes. Chronic hepatitis B can be HBeAg-positive or -negative. This means a specific ...

    6. Hepatitis C - Topic Overview

      Your doctor will do a physical exam to look for signs of hepatitis C infection. The exam will include:Taking your temperature to see whether you have a fever.Feeling the upper part of your belly to see whether your liver or spleen is enlarged.Feeling the glands in your neck, under your arms, and in your groin to see whether they are swollen.Your doctor also may check for the following signs of advanced liver disease:Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice)Appearance of clusters of blood vessels just below the skin that look like tiny red spiders. These usually appear on the chest and shoulders.Redness on the palms of the hands caused by expansion of small blood vessels Fluid in the bellySwelling of the legs and feet Varicose veins spreading out from the navel

    7. How Does Hepatitis C Affect Your Liver?

      A look at the symptoms of hepatitis C, including symptoms of liver complications such as cirrhosis.

    8. When Hepatitis C Worsens

      A look at the complications that can develop in the later stages of hepatitis C.

    9. Foods and Drugs to Avoid if You Have Hepatitis C

      A look at what foods and drugs you should avoid if you have hepatitis C, including common painkillers and alcoholic drinks.

    10. Hepatitis A Symptoms

      WebMD describes the symptoms of hepatitis A, a viral infection of the liver that you can make you feel like you have the flu.

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