The last two years have seen a huge increase in hepatitis A (HAV) infections and more deaths than I’ve ever seen in all my years of advocacy. HAV is a preventable disease – check out our Easy C fact sheet to learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Click here
Every medical treatment has side effects and everyone reacts to medications differently. Our fact sheet on side effect management will help people manage the simple side effects but this fact sheet is not intended to replace expert medical advice. Check out some tips to manage the most common side effects of current hepatitis C treatment:
There is a possible association between hepatitis C (HCV) and Fibromyalgia (FM). Hepatitis C and FM share many symptoms such as fatigue, depression, cognitive issues, muscle and joint pain. The exact association has not been discovered, but many experts believe that HCV may act as a trigger to the onset of FM. Of interest, one study found that people with FM and HCV exhibit symptoms such as inflammation around joints, bursa (sac containing fluid for lubrication of joints) and/or tendons, and vasculitis (blood or lymph vessel inflammation), that are not seen in FM in people without HCV.
The prevalence of FM in people with hepatitis C has been found to be much higher than in the general population – 15% to 19% compared to approximately 2% of FM seen in the general U.S. population.
Of note, FM is believed to be triggered by viral infections. If we can test, treat and cure hepatitis C as early as possible there is a very real possibility that we can prevent many of these extrahepatic manifestations such as FM.
Many people think they know how to wash their hands to prevent infections. But according to directly observed studies, this is not true. Read this fact sheets to learn how to wash your hands to protect yourself and others.
We live in a stressful period of time. One option is to take time out of your busy day and meditate. This fact sheet will help you to learn a little bit about meditation.
Meditation offers many health benefits. Research has shown that meditation
lowers blood pressure, improves heart disease, and reduces insomnia. It
helps people cope with illness, relieves pain, and reduces chemotherapy side
effects. Meditation may be used to help manage chronic hepatitis C virus
infection (HCV) and some of the side effects that accompany HCV treatment.
Check out this comprehensive guide on the basics of hepatitis B.
HBV is a blood-borne virus. It enters the body through direct blood exposure and through sexual contact.
Fewer than 5% of adults infected with HBV become carriers and remain infected with HBV for longer than
six months. For people who are infected with HBV at birth or as young children, the risk of becoming a carrier
may be as high as 90%.