Nirah Johnson

Patient Expert

Nirah Johnson, LCSW, Director of Program Implementation & Capacity Building NYC Health Department, Viral Hepatitis Program serves as the lead organizer of the NYC Hep B Coalition and Hep C Task Force since 2007.

Conditions Covered:Hepatitis, Hepatitis C

Latest by Nirah Johnson

New and Improved Hep C Treatments

Hep C treatment has totally changed in the last few years, for the better. Since 2014, Hep C has been treatable with oral medications.

Prevent Liver Cancer After Hep C

Hepatitis C, caused by a virus transmitted through blood, can cause liver damage, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

First Pan-Genotypic Hep C Medication Approved in the U.S.

A new Hep C medication called Epclusa was approved by the FDA in June 2016 to treat adult patients with chronic Hep C. The medication can be prescribed to people both with and without cirrhosis. The medication can even be prescribed to people with de...

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

On July 28, patients and advocates around the world will mark World Hepatitis Day. Almost 400 million people are infected with the Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C virus. Though they are different viruses, both can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis, and live...

Can Liver Damage Reverse After Hep C Treatment?

A slow and silent disease, the hepatitis C (hep C) virus is transmitted through exposure to infected blood. Left untreated, the virus can cause inflammation, fibrosis and then cirrhosis of the liver. This means that over a period of time, the virus c...

Drug Users Can Be Treated and Cured of Hep C!

There are some medical providers and health insurance plans that do not provide hepatitis C treatment for people who use drugs. This is unfortunate because in progressive healthcare settings, and in numerous research studies, it has been clearly demo...

Birth Place Can Increase Risk for Hep C

Globally, there are 150 million people living with chronic hepatitis C, a blood-borne viral infection that can lead to liver damage, liver cancer and premature death. Outside of the United States, people most often get Hep C in health care settings, ...

Hiding Hep C

A friend recently told me that he has hepatitis C. He didn’t tell me up until now, because he worried it would change the way I see him. His feelings are not unusual. Many people feel that they need to hide their hep C. Unfortunately, hep C is still ...

The ABCs of Hepatitis

There are many forms of hepatitis. Hepatitis A, B and C are each caused by a different virus. Each has unique qualities, but all can infect and damage the liver. Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is a transmitted by ingesting feces infected with the virus. Thi...

Can You Become Immune to Hepatitis C?

Some people who have been able to cure their hepatitis C with either the newer treatments or older ones may be curious as to whether or not they have become immune to the virus. Here’s what you need to know. Hep C is a complicated virus There are at ...