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.

Latest by Nirah Johnson

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How to Prevent Liver Cancer After Hep C

Here's how to lower your risk of liver cancer after hepatitis C by keeping your liver healthy with lifestyle changes and preventative care.

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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...

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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...

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Is Liver Damage Reversable?

The liver is an amazing organ, with a unique ability to heal, so curing hepatitis C may allow the liver to reverse the damage and heal itself over time.

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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

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, ...

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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 ...

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Can Hep C Be Cured?

The Hep C virus must replicate to survive. Hep C is now treated with highly effective antiviral medication that stops the replication of the virus.

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Managing Hep C Symptoms

Hep C can be asymptomatic for many years, though the disease may be silently progressing. The most common symptoms include: extreme fatigue, pain, anxiety or depression, and digestive problems. Here are a few tips to help you manage symptoms.

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How to Care for a Loved One with Hep C

Living with hepatitis C can be challenging. Support can help your loved one through the tough times. Here is how you can help.