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Hepatitis C

Let's Talk About Hepatitis C

We've got the doctor-approved scoop on hepatitis C causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life with hep C easier.

    Our Pro PanelHepatitis C

    We tapped into some to the top experts on hepatitis C to bring you the most up-to-date info on this liver disease.

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    Lanla Conteh, M.D.Clinical Assistant Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Columbus, OH
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    Joseph Lim, M.D.Professor of Medicine and Director of the Yale Viral Hepatitis Program

    Yale School of Medicine
    New Haven, CT
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    Suman Radhakrishna, M.D.Infectious Disease Physician

    CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
    Los Angeles
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    How Hep C Treatment Has Gotten Better (and Better!) Over the Years

    It's 100% true that until about five years ago, Hepatitis C (HCV) treatment was pretty awful. We’re going to help put some of that history in context and most importantly, show you how much things have changed when it comes to treating (and curing) Hep C.

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    Turning Points with Hepatitis C

    The stories of an advocate, an actor, a musician, and a health educator who found ways to overcome the stigma and challenges of living with hepatitis c.

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    Frequently Asked QuestionsHepatitis C

    Is hepatitis C sexually transmitted?

    Hep C is transmitted through contaminated blood via things like shared needles, unclean tattoo equipment, sharing razors or nail clippers with an infected person and, yes, there’s a slightly increased risk during sexual contact if there’s a break in the skin and blood is present.

    What are the early symptoms of Hep C?

    Hep C is tricky because you might not have any symptoms at all before you test positive for the virus. But if you do experience symptoms, they may include clay-colored poop, dark urine, or jaundice due to a build-up of bilirubin in the body. Other symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, and joint pain.

    What’s the main difference between hepatitis A, B, and C?

    While they may have similar symptoms, Hep A, B, and C are caused by three different viruses, they are transmitted in different ways and they affect the liver differently. The biggest difference, however is that hepatitis A and B both have vaccines. Hepatitis C does not currently have a vaccine.

    Can you have hep C and not know it?

    Yes. In fact, since hep C can remain silent for many years, it takes on average a decade to 40 years to go from mild disease to cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.

    Lambeth Hochwald

    Lambeth Hochwald

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    Lambeth Hochwald is a NYC-based health and lifestyle reporter.