What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is highly contagious, which is why such a high number of people have the disease. Although this virus attacks the liver, it may cause no symptoms until liver damage shows up during a routine medical test. Without proper care, HCV can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure.
Are you at risk for Hepatitis C?
HCV is usually transmitted through blood that is contaminated with the virus. It is most common in people who:
- Have taken illicit drugs through a contaminated needle or nasal apparatus
- Have had blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992
- Have had tattoos or body piercings with contaminated needles
Diagnosing and treating Hepatitis C
It is important to be tested for Hepatitis C (HCV) if you think you might be at risk. Unlike Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C has no vaccination. Although there are ongoing efforts to create one, it is best to see one of our board-certified gastroenterologists in order to properly diagnose and treat the disease (i.e. determine the amount of virus in your blood and pinpoint the genetic makeup of the virus.)
A diagnosis of Hepatitis C (HCV) does not necessarily mean you will need treatment. We will work with you to help you make the most appropriate decision based on the results of your tests and other factors.
Your health is our top priority!
Suburban Gastroenterology’s team of board-certified physicians have decades of experience treating Hepatitis C.
Our skilled and compassionate physicians understand Hepatitis C and the latest treatment options. We will design an individualized treatment plan, based on the most advanced therapies, to help clear the virus from your bloodstream.
We will not only provide patient education and support and monitor your progress every step of the way, but we are also always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
- Hepatitis Fact Sheet – Learn about the differences between Hepatitis A, B & C
- Hepatitis Foundation International
- Center for Disease Control
- American Liver Foundation
For the knowledgeable, compassionate, and personalized care you deserve, call Suburban Gastroenterology today at (630) 527-6450 or make an Appointment online.