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Hepatitis C is a Deadly Disease
Discovered in 1989, HCV explained 90 percent of non-A non-B cases of hepatitis. The extent of the problem was only apparent after 1990 when reliable HCV blood tests first became available. Most people don’t know they are infected because they don’t look or feel sick. Up to 20% of chronically infected patients will develop cirrhosis, and as many as 25% of those people will die from cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Millions of Patients are Affected by Hepatitis C
Currently, the World Health Organization estimates that approximately 130-150 million people throughout the world are infected with the Hepatitis C virus. The most affected regions are Central and East Asia and North Africa.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 3.2 million people in the United States have chronic HCV infection. Approximately 15,000 people die every year from Hepatitis C related liver disease in the United States.
Of those infected with HCV approximately 75-85% will eventually develop chronic Hepatitis C infections. Once chronically infected, approximately 60-70% will develop chronic liver disease, between 5-20% will develop cirrhosis over a period of 20-30 years, and 1-5% will die from cirrhosis or liver cancer.
The incidence of new symptomatic infections of HCV has been estimated to be 13 cases/100,000 persons annually. For every one person that is infected with the AIDS virus, there are more than four infected with HCV.
Hepatitis Central is Your Guide
Through our Research & Treatment newsletter we keep you updated on new treatments, information on living with Hepatitis C, articles to support a health lifestyle and more, so that you can gain information about Hepatitis C all in one place.
We also provide information about standard medical treatments as well as natural approaches for dealing with Hepatitis C. When it comes to natural approaches, credible ones focus on protecting and supporting the liver and keeping the immune system healthy – they do not eliminate the virus. There is some proof that you can use natural means to help you live a long and relatively healthy life with this virus and die of some other cause (preferably old age). There is no natural cure for Hepatitis C, and if anyone claims they have one, they are lying. It is as simple as that.
We also recommend your reading the stories submitted by Hepatitis C survivors and joining the Hepatitis C community to listen to what others with Hepatitis C are saying and get some answers to your questions from other patients. By reviewing what other patients have struggled with as well as their personal success stories you'll discover you are not alone in your quest for better health with Hepatitis C.
Finally, should you need a doctor, HepatitisCentral.com also has a section where patients have referred physicians who treat Hepatitis C.
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