Hepatitis C Awareness
Hepatitis C - the facts (114k, pdf)
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Hepatitis C is an infectious diseaseaffecting the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is often asymptomatic, but once established, chronic infection can progress to scarring of the liver (fibrosis), and advanced scarring (cirrhosis) which is generally apparent after many years. In some cases, those with cirrhosis will go on to develop liver failure or other complications of cirrhosis, including liver cancer or life threatening esophageal varices and gastric varices.
The hepatitis C virus is spread by blood-to-blood contact. Most people have few, if any symptoms after the initial infection, yet the virus persists in the liver in about 85% of those infected. Persistent infection can be treated with medication, peginterferon and ribavirin being the standard-of-care therapy. 51% are cured overall. Those who develop cirrhosis or liver cancer may require a liver transplant, and the virus universally recurs after transplantation.
An estimated 270-300 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is not known to cause disease in other animals. No vaccine against hepatitis C is currently available. The existence of hepatitis C (originally "non-A non-B hepatitis") was postulated in the 1970s and proven in 1989. It is one of five known hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D, and E.
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Hepatitis C awareness, please take a look
This may not be relevent to everyone but I can assure you 100% everyone knows someone....a relative, friend or aquaintance who has this disease and doesnt know it!!
COULD YOU BE AT RISK FROM HEPATITIS C?
It is silent, hidden and without symptoms for years. Found by accident it is one of the most widespread diseases on the planet! Five hundred million people on Earth carry it (compared to 33 million with AIDS) it is the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and people NEED to be made aware of it.
Related to the Yellow Fever Virus & the West Nile Virus, HCV kills over 10`000 Americans annually and is the leading reason for liver transplants. We really need to publicize the 'MESS' we are storing up for future generations.
HCV is a devious little virus. (I know` I have it.) I was diagnosed completely (and luckily) by accident after a `Wellman` check-up.
I had and still have no symptoms at all which is the best time to treat it. Because of the incubation period of the virus which is on average 20 - 25 years (up to 50 years) most infected people do not know they have the disease. Long-term infection has caused a leap in the incidence of liver cancer and liver damage and is the leading cause of people needing liver transplants. HCV poses a public health crisis far greater than the AIDS epidemic.
You cannot be vaccinated against it. It is spread by infected blood from transplants before 1992, sharing needles or Coke snorting tubes. Needle-stick injuries, (It can be active for months in dried blood on toothbrushes or razors) tattoos or piercings or by possibly having medical treatment abroad and you could unknowingly and easily pass it to your kids or partners!!
Cirrhosis is the most advanced injury associated with Hepatitis C and almost always precedes the onset of liver failure and liver cancer. Because HCV is a relatively benign and slow-acting virus in its initial effects on the body (it rarely causes acute disease symptoms or discomfort at the time of infection) it takes a long time to notice. Deaths from HCV are rising at an alarming rate!
That's why it's called the silent epidemic
ASK YOUR GP FOR A HCV TEST NOW! IT COSTS NOTHING BUT YOUR TIME!
A Guide to Understanding Hep C: http://www.hcvadvocate.org/hepatitis...tion_2006.html
Please spread the word!!
Article Reprinted thanks to Steve.
More information and help can be found at The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) leads the country in Hepatitis C screening, testing, treatment, research and prevention. An extensive list of documents. VA Clinical Public Health Programs
Helpful Hepatitis Information:
Hepatitis A is a serious disorder or contagious virus in which the human liver cells become inflamed. Some have symptoms that are mild or no illness, then sudden onset of fever, general discomfort, fatigue, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin & eyeballs) after several days. The duration of the illness is 1 to 2-weeks; severe cases may last several months.
A virus relies on a living cell to reproduce, but unlike bacteria, viruses cannot reproduce in food. Even though viruses cannot reproduce in food, some viruses can remain dormant in food and even survive freezing and cooking of the food. Once a human has eaten the food, the dormant viruses then have live tissues inside the human body, which help them to reproduce.
Hepatitis A prevention
Vaccines are available. HAVRIX (GlaxoSmithKline) and VAQTA (Merck).
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