When you're living with a disease like hepatitis C, it's natural to want to try any treatment possible to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Standard hepatitis C treatment has come a long way towards curing the disease. However, the drugs don't always work and they can have side effects.
For some patients with the disease, hepatitis C complementary and alternative treatment offers another option. "One of the things I always say is that, obviously, Western medicine does not have...
At least 3 out of 4 people (75%) who get hepatitis C
are those who have been repeatedly exposed to infected blood. These include
injection drug users, people with hemophilia who were treated with blood clotting factors before 1987, and people who received blood transfusions before 1992.
Between 10% and 20% of
people who have received hemodialysis for kidney problems are infected with
Between 1% and 10% of people with chronic hepatitis C are infected because of
high-risk sexual behavior.
About 1% of people, such as health care
workers, become infected through accidental exposure to infected blood.
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Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
July 6, 2011
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July 06, 2011
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