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All the information you need about living with Hepatitis C, including the latest news about infection, transmission, symptoms, treatment breakthroughs and medical progress.
Some of our most commonly asked questions and our answers to them.
Learn about the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).
Information about the transmission of Hepatitis C.
You'll find links to a comprehensive symptoms list, as well as various studies and discussions about Hepatitis C symptoms.
Learn about the conventional medical treatments used to fight Hepatitis C.
Numerous links to studies, info sheets, FAQs, and analysis of Ribavirin/Rebetron medicines.
Alternative methods of treatment due to side effects and dissatisfication with current medical treatments.
A number of herbal products useful in the management of liver disease.
Receive the latest news on hepatitis treatments, clinical trials, social issues and important breakthroughs.
Learn about Hepatitis C Genotypes and their variants.
A state-by-state and worldwide reference listing physicians who treat HCV, including an email link to submit your physician for inclusion.
Convenient links to other sites external to Hepatitis-Central.
A Bulletin Board for discussions on hepatitis, treatments, etc.
An easy way to get involved in urging our government to do more for Hepatitis C awareness and treatment research.
Numerous links to various Hepatitis B related information, including transmission, symptoms and treatment.
A comprehensive resource of information relating to the liver biopsy.
Many discussions and analyses of cirrhosis, including causes, complications, pathology, symptoms, and much more.
Commonly used medical terms and definitions.
What they are and what they mean. Helps you interpret & understand all the various hepatitis lab tests likely to be encountered.
Liver Cancer/Hepatocellular Carcinoma studies, info sheets, FAQs, and analysis.
An exhaustive list of links to studies, info sheets, FAQs, and analysis of the various drugs used to treat liver disease.
Provides information regarding the best known liver supporting supplements.
Provides information regarding the best known milk thistle supplements.
Provides detailed information on how to analyze and interpret viral load numbers as well as a link to a convenient Viral Load Chart.
Learn more about various Hepatitis C related topics, including HCV, Ascites, Biopsies, and much more.
Recommended reading for those interested in hepatitis information.
Hepatitis C News and Updates
Hepatitis Central News & Original Articles
AbbVie Inc. is one step closer to marketing its two-drug combination for the treatment of Hepatitis C. Read more.
John Ward, the CDC’s director of the division of viral hepatitis, said in a telephone interview, "While the total number of U.S. patients may be declining as people die from the disease, the rate of new cases is increasing as younger people -- mostly intravenous drug uses -- become infected." Read more.
Researchers in Scotland will determine if Vitamin D can have a positive impact on Hepatitis C cure rates when used in combination with currently available treatment therapies. If confirmed, a less expensive method of treatment could emerge. Read more.
California research favors silibin for saving the liver from a hazardous mushroom toxin. Besides treating death cap mushroom consumption, silibin’s liver-protective strengths also make it valuable for other liver-damaging problems – especially the Hepatitis C virus. Read more.
How much will treatment cost for the newly approved Hepatitis C drugs? Will patients in developing countries be able to afford it? Read more.
The Hepatitis C virus does not discriminate. Find out 10 celebrities who have been infected with HCV. Read more.
When customized for someone with Hepatitis C, essential oils can make a Valentine’s Day celebration extra special. Read more.
More than 2,300 patients from over 25 countries around the world have participated in the six Phase III trials being conducted by AbbVie to treat genotype 1 Hepatitis C virus infection using a regimen containing ABT-450. Read more.
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Hepatitis C Poll
Human and animal studies have shown that quercetin can reduce the accumulation of dangerous abdominal and liver fat. Quercetin even helps prevent the development of cancer cells in the liver. Which food do you think naturally contains quercetin?
- Apples - 24%
- Broccoli - 11%
- Onions - 9%
- Oranges - 3%
- Tomatoes - 3%
- All of the Above - 48%
- None of the Above - 2%
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Hepatitis C Is a Deadly Disease
According to Dr. Eugene Schiff (University of Miami), the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) emerged in the U.S. population beginning in the 1960s, related to blood transfusion and injection drug use. The extent of the problem was only apparent after 1990 when reliable HCV blood tests first became available. Studies indicate that over the first 20 years of chronic Hepatitis C infection, 20% of chronically infected patients will develop cirrhosis, and many of those will progress to liver cancer. HCV-associated end-stage liver disease is a leading indication for liver transplantation in the USA and the developed western world.
Millions of Patients Are Affected by Hepatitis C
Currently, it is estimated there are about 130 -170 million people worldwide who are infected with Hepatitis C, of which approximately 4 million are in the United States. Hepatitis C accounts for 8,000-10,000 deaths each year in the United States.
The CDC (Centers For Disease Control) estimates that there may be up to 17,000 new Hepatitis C infections in the U.S. every year. Worldwide it is estimated there are 3-4 million people infected with HCV each year. Countries with the highest infection rates are Egypt (22%), Pakistan (4.8%) and China (3.2%). 80% of those infected with the Hepatitis C virus will not have any initial symptoms and therefore new infections are rarely identified.
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% 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.
The Public Effects Are Going to Get Worse, Fast
Over the next 10-20 years chronic Hepatitis C is predicted to become a major burden on the health care system as patients who are currently asymptomatic with relatively mild disease progress to end-stage liver disease and develop hepatocellular carcinoma. Predictions in the USA indicate that there will be a 60% increase in the incidence of cirrhosis, a 68% increase in hepatoma incidence, a 279% increment in incidence of hepatic decompensation, a 528% increase in the need for transplantation, and a 223% increase in liver death rate.
Current Medical HCV Treatment Is Limited
Current medical treatment for Hepatitis C is limited. Pegylated interferon/ribavirin combination therapy is effective in less than 50% of cases of HCV genotype 1 (the most common genotype in North America). Two companies, Roche and Schering, have their own FDA approved versions. Each claims their formulation is superior for treating Hepatitis C.
May 2011 two new drugs were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use with pegylated interferon and ribavirin - Victrelis™ (boceprevir) and Incivek™ (telaprevir). In clinical studies they were shown to decrease treatment time and increase sustained virologic response (SVR) in patients that have not been treated before or who have failed previous Hepatitis C treatment.
Some Natural Therapies Have Real Value
There are also natural approaches for dealing with Hepatitis C. The credible ones focus on protecting and supporting the liver and keeping the immune system healthy. 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.
Dubious treatments and supposed cures for HCV are being sold by charlatans and rip off artists. You need to be discerning when considering alternative therapies to help you deal with HCV. Look for scientific clinical validation. Objective third-party proof of effectiveness and safety is essential. We are involved with one product we think very highly of called UltraThistle. It is a high quality medical milk thistle with scientific validation and a very reasonable price.