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HEPATITIS C – AND ITS DEADLY COMPLICATIONS

The latest release from the World Health Organization (WHO) on World Hepatitis Day (28.7) states that Hepatitis C virus and Hepatitis B virus are two viruses that can lead to serious illness and cause Chronic hepatitis which will progress to end stage liver disease, cirrhosis, liver dysfunction and ultimately, liver cancer. Particularly, the complications of Hepatitis C virus is extremely ...
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HEPATITIS C VIRUS – THE SILENT KILLER

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), it is a silent disease but leaves very serious consequences. Every year in the world there are about 3% of people chronically infected with Hepatitis C and there are about 170 million carriers of Hepatitis C. Symptoms are vague, mild and easily overlooked Hepatitis C is a ...
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FACED WITH HEPATITIS C: THINGS TO KNOW

When someone is told that he has been infected with hepatitis C virus, that person can experience varied emotions: panic, anger, sadness, confusion. Panicked, panicked because hepatitis C if not treated, leads to cirrhosis, liver cancer, where Liver cancer is considered as deadly. Then anger, anger because person has not understood why he has the virus infection, cannot think of ...
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HEPATITIS C TESTING

Hepatitis C is diagnosed through several blood tests which are available. The antibody test The antibody blood test determines whether you have ever been exposed to the Hepatitis C virus by testing for the presence of antibodies to the virus. Antibodies are produced by your immune system to fight germs. Antibodies to HCV can be detected in the blood, usually ...
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HEPATITIS C TREATMENT

HEPATITIS C TREATMENT Goals of treatment: Treatment of chronic HCV infection has 2 goals. The first is to achieve sustained eradication of HCV (i.e., SVR), which defined as the continued absence of detectable HCV RNA at least 12 weeks after completion of therapy. The second goal is to prevent progression to cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and decompensated liver disease requiring ...
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HEPATITIS C PREVENTION

There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, therefore prevention of HCV infection depends upon reducing the risk of exposure to the virus in health-care settings and in higher risk populations, for example, people who inject drugs, and through sexual contact. The following list provides a limited example of primary prevention interventions recommended by WHO: Hand hygiene: including surgical hand preparation, ...
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