The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there 170 million people worldwide (3% of the world's population) infected with the Hepatitis C virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that in 2006 there were an estimated 19,000 new hepatitis C cases in the United States. An estimated 3.2 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection in the United States.
For every one person that is infected with the AIDS virus, there are more than four infected with Hepatitis C. Currently, 8,000 to 10,000 deaths each year are a result of HCV, and by the year 2010, it is estimated that 30,000 to 40,000 patients will die annually of HCV related chronic liver disease. Although the incidence of new cases of HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) is declining, an increasing number of HCV patients are identified with cirrhosis and will face its complications of liver failure and cancer.
There is no vaccine and no completely effective treatment!
If you have just been diagnosed with HCV, try not to panic! The article " What is HCV ?" will help you to understand Hepatitis C a little better.
You will hear that this disease can be spread by kissing and hugging your loved ones, this is not true.
We have this disease because we will overcome it. Having a positive attitude about all of this, is what will get us through
it. But, we can't do it alone. We must work together to get this done.
We must join together to win this battle. This truly is the battle of
our lives. As well as for our lives.
Please visit our Hepatitis support forum. You are going to find some of the best support on the internet on this board. Also for Veterans with Hepatitis C, go to the VETS WITH HEP C forum. If you are a veteran with HCV please join others like yourself here to share.
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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.
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