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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.

"We have this disease because we can handle it." when you're first diagnosed that you are not thinking like this, but given a little time you will. If you don't think of yourself as a strong person, you will change your mind on that opinion soon...

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.

To subscribe to the Hepatitis-Central Research & Treatment News email list, click here. There are over 17,000 people on this list. You will receive no more than 1 or 2 Hepatitis C related e-newsletters in one week (unless of course they find a cure!). Many of these articles are technical, many are the latest news articles.

For additional statistical information visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov and the WHO website at www.who.int.

Site Topics

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Some of our most commonly asked questions and our answers to them.

  • Hepatitis News

    Tthe latest news on hepatitis treatments, clinical trials, social issues and important breakthroughs.

  • What Is Hepatitis C?

    Learn about the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

  • Hepatitis C Symptoms

    You'll find links to a comprehensive symptoms list, as well as various studies and discussions about Hepatitis C symptoms.

  • Hepatitis C Transmission

    Information about the transmission of Hepatitis C.

  • Hepatitis C Genotypes

  • Learn about Hepatitis C Genotypes and their variants.

  • HCV Viral Load

    Provides detailed information on how to analyze and interpret viral load numbers as well as a link to a convenient Viral Load Chart.

  • Liver Enzymes

    Learn about the importance of testing liver enzyme levels and causes of abnormal levels.

  • Lab Tests

    What they are and what they mean. Helps you interpret & understand all the various hepatitis lab tests likely to be encountered.

  • Hepatitis During Pregnancy

    Learn how hepatitis infection may affect the pregnant mother and baby.

  • Hepatitis C Conventional Treatment

    Learn about the conventional medical treatments used to fight Hepatitis C.

  • Hepatitis C Medicines

    Numerous links to studies, info sheets, FAQs, and analysis of Ribavirin/Rebetron medicines.

  • Hepatitis C Alternative Therapies

    Alternative methods of treatment due to side effects and dissatisfication with current medical treatments.

  • Hepatitis C Natural Remedies

    A number of herbal products useful in the management of liver disease.

  • Top 5 Liver Supplements

    Provides information regarding the best known liver supporting supplements.

  • Top 5 Milk Thistles

    Provides information regarding the best known milk thistle supplements.

  • HCV Diet

    A basic diet for those with Hepatitis C.

  • Hepatitis C Survivor Stories

    Survivor stories that have been shared to benefit others with Hepatitis C.

  • Cirrhosis

    Many discussions and analyses of cirrhosis, including causes, complications, pathology, symptoms, and much more.

  • Hepatitis C Doctors

    A state-by-state and worldwide reference listing physicians who treat HCV, including an email link to submit your physician for inclusion.

  • Hepatitis C Community External link

    A Bulletin Board for discussions on hepatitis, treatments, etc.

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