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8 Early Symptoms: Could You Have Hepatitis C?

March 1, 2016

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Especially if engaged in any activities putting you at risk for Hepatitis C infection, it’s important to be alert of this illness’s most common early symptoms.

Acute and Chronic Hepatitis C

Acute Hepatitis C develops several weeks after the Hepatitis C virus enters the bloodstream; it becomes chronic when the virus persists for longer than six months. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75 to 85 percent of people who become infected with this virus develop a chronic infection. Treating acute Hepatitis C drastically reduces the risk of its progression to the chronic form, which can have potentially devastating consequences.

Chronic Hepatitis C can lead to serious scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), liver cancer and/or liver failure. The longer a person is infected with Hepatitis C, the more damage it can do to the liver. Unfortunately, the symptoms are either vague or non-existent, typically allowing the virus to flourish for years without detection. According to Camilla Graham, MD, infectious disease specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, “It is called the ‘silent epidemic’ because people can be infected for 30 or more years and have no idea they have it.” Early detection and treatment (preferably when still acute) is the best way to prevent the more serious form of Hepatitis C infection.

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  • Mir Ahmed Ali

    My wife Hep-C,may be due to blood transfusion years ago, she also developed cirrhosis, she is under going 24 week Sovaldi+Ribavirin Therapy, now only few days are left to complete. What to do for her to care and cure cirrhosis.

  • Cheryl

    How is anyone getting the new cure mess for get c. My ins. Won’t cover any of it. I am so depressed from hitting a brick wall. Is there anyone out there that can help me. Now they said I have a mass on liver. I have heard the woes no for 2 years. And only option I have come up with is to just sit back and wait to die.

    • Christine

      I was in your shoes. Sweetie you don`t have to die. Look for any and all clinical trials in your area. Call them everyday if you have to and let them know you are ready to start NOW. First they will do a liver biopsy and then go from there. It worked for me and it will work for you. Don`t give up, keep looking and get your name on the list. Cost to you zero! God bless you and don`t ever give up.

    • trickofthetail

      I bought a 3 month supply of medication from Mesochem i China for under $700.00 had it sent overnight. I had to buy a small scale and put it in capsules. I am on the 44th day of treatment. I will have my blood work back on 7/12/16. The medication was shipped overnight after payment was received. If you need help contact me. [email protected] CHRISTINE Is correct as well. I suspect you are not from the U S. The co. The medication can be shipped to all countries but Mexico and 1 other which I don’t remember.

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      What is the name of the solution? Is it Namaste<3?

      • tguess35

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