Most HepC Cases Can Be Cured
What Is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus primarily affecting the liver. The liver is responsible for breaking down nutrients, filtering blood, and fighting infection. More than 95% of people suffering from chronic Hepatitis C can be cured with modern treatment.
Who is at Risk for Hepatitis C?
- Baby Boomers (born 1945-65)
- People who received donated blood, blood products, or whole organs prior to 1992
- Those who have ever injected drugs, even one time or many years ago
- Individuals with chronic conditions such as liver disease, HIV or AIDS, or who are on hemodialysis
- Those born to a mother with Hepatitis C
- Individuals exposed to blood of someone known to have Hepatitis C
What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis C?
Most people do not show signs or symptoms of Hepatitis C infection, so if you fall into any of the “at-risk” categories above, you should be tested. Those who do show symptoms may experience fever, fatigue, upset stomach, dark urine, gray-colored stool, joint pain, and/or yellowing of the skin and eyes.
How Can I Get Treatment?
Goodwin Community Health and Families First offer in-house testing and treatment of Hepatitis C for established patients. This treatment usually has few or no side effects. If you are interested in treatment, talk with anyone on your health care team at Families First or Goodwin.