Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that results from the hepatitis C virus. It is mostly transferred via contact with an infected person’s blood or fluids, much like HIV transmission.
There were about 30,000 cases of acute hepatitis C infections in the United States in 2014.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can result in cirrhosis or liver cancer. HCV is often undiagnosed until a major liver issue appears.
While HCV prevention is preferable, treatment is available. Medication tablets can take twelve weeks or less and have a high success rate in eliminating the virus.
Screening and diagnosis are important for curing the disease. Viral load drops to zero in most patients who are treated. Treatment also prevents transmission.
Listen as Dr. Gavin Cloherty joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to share how to aid your liver and treat HCV.