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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes liver disease and it is found in the blood of persons who are infected. HCV is spread by contact with the blood of an infected person.
Hepatitis C infects about 25,000 people each year with most developing chronic infection. However, many of those with chronic hepatitis C do not even know they are infected. Those individuals with chronic infection are at risk for developing chronic liver diseases such as cirrhosis and cancer of the liver. Individuals who injected drugs are at highest risk for infection even if they injected only once many years ago.
Unlike hepatitis A and hepatitis B there is not a vaccine to prevent hepatitis C. Over the years, the treatments for hepatitis C have become more effective. However, treatment is not for everyone and a specialist should be consulted when determining if someone should get treated.
NYSDOH Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Hepatitis C
The purpose of the guidelines is to provide clinicians with practical, state-of-the-art information on the diagnosis, medical management, and prevention of HCV infection. These guidelines are intended for the medical management of adults and children infected with HCV. While the field of HCV medicine is still evolving, these guidelines review the currently available evidence to support the recommendations, and, where published data are lacking, present standards of care as recommended by the panel.
The following links provide information regarding Hepatitis C including efficacy of diagnostic and treatment protocols, reporting procedures, and community resources available to assist in combating the challenges of Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis-Central is an online hepatitis encyclopedia that allows your visitors to quickly and easily search over 2,000 pages of Hepatitis information by keyword.
WebMD provides personal answers to your personal questions about hepatitis C. Whether it's questions about out-of-range viral loads, the latest reports on interferon/ribavirin combination therapy, or the biopsy results your doctor just handed you, WebMD has the answers. One of the richest and most vibrant online communities to ever address the difficulties of living with hepatitis C —and it is totally confidential.
CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases
Viral Hepatitis C Fact Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions, Pamphlets
Hepatitis Neighborhood provides patients, nurses, Infectious Disease Physicians, and other healthcare workers with a community-based hepatitis C, B, A, virus support resource. Hepatitis message boards, chat rooms, and information on interferon, rebetron, liver disease, nutrition, new drugs, support groups, and known hepatitis risk factors are provided.
Hepatitis Foundation International