Hepatitis C Virus

 
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage.  This virus is spread through contaminated blood.
According to the CDC, one in thirty baby boomers — the generation born between the years 1945 to 1965 — has been infected with hepatitis C and most don’t know it.
Signs and symptoms of HCV:
  • bleeding easily
  • bruising easily
  • fatigue
  • poor appetite
  • yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • dark-colored urine
  • itchy skin
  • fluid build up in your abdomen (ascites)
  • swelling in your legs
  • weight loss
  • confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
  • spider-like blood vessels on your skin (spider angiomas)
Risk factors include:
  • you are a healthcare worker who has been exposed to infected blood, which may happen if an infected needle pierces your skin
  • you have ever injected or inhaled illicit drugs
  • you have HIV
  • you received a piercing or tattoo in an unclean environment using unsterile equipment
  • you have received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992
  • you have received clotting factor concentrates before 1987
  • you have received hemodialysis treatments for a long period of time
  • you were born to a woman with a hepatitis C infection
  • you were ever in prison
  • you were born between the years 1945 and 1965
Other surprising facts about HCV:
– 25% of people with HIV also have HCV
– 2 to 10% of people with HCV also have HBV (hepatitis B virus)
– HCV tends to progress faster in people with HIV
– HCV is one of the top causes of liver disease, liver transplants, and the        leading cause of death from liver disease
– about 75% of adults with HCV are of the baby boomer generation
– chronic liver disease, which is often due to HCV, is a leading cause of          death for African Americans
– rates of chronic HCV are higher for African Americans than for people       of other ethnicities
– HCV is not transmitted through coughing, sneezing, or being in close          proximity to someone with HCV
– HCV does not pass through breast milk
Normal liver and liver cirrhosis
Normal liver vs. liver cirrhosis
If you think you may have HCV, please see your doctor!

 

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