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How should I prepare to tell family and friends about my hepatitis C?

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If you have information to give people right away, it will likely make the conversation easier.

  • Hepatitis C progresses slowly and may not cause symptoms for decades, if ever.
  • Hepatitis C is a manageable disease. If you ever do get symptoms, treatment may help.
  • Hepatitis C is difficult to pass on to someone else, so the risk of transmission within a family is very low.

From: Coping With Hepatitis C WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Paul Berk, MD, professor of medicine and emeritus chief of the division of liver disease, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; former chairman of the board, American Liver Foundation. Alan Franciscus, executive director, Hepatitis C Support Project and editor-in-chief of HCV Advocate, San Francisco. Thelma King Thiel, chair and CEO, Hepatitis Foundation International. David Thomas, MD, professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. Howard J. Worman, MD, associate professor of medicine and anatomy and cell biology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City. The American Gastroenterological Association. CDC. The Hepatitis Foundation International. The HCV Advocate. The National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases. WebMD Medical Reference: " ," "Newly Diagnosed: Hepatitis C."










Health Guide A-Z: Hepatitis C

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 03, 2018

SOURCES: Paul Berk, MD, professor of medicine and emeritus chief of the division of liver disease, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; former chairman of the board, American Liver Foundation. Alan Franciscus, executive director, Hepatitis C Support Project and editor-in-chief of HCV Advocate, San Francisco. Thelma King Thiel, chair and CEO, Hepatitis Foundation International. David Thomas, MD, professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. Howard J. Worman, MD, associate professor of medicine and anatomy and cell biology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City. The American Gastroenterological Association. CDC. The Hepatitis Foundation International. The HCV Advocate. The National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases. WebMD Medical Reference: " ," "Newly Diagnosed: Hepatitis C."










Health Guide A-Z: Hepatitis C

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 03, 2018

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