This is where you will replace your fear with facts. Having the correct information is everything. Find it here.
There is treatment available that will cure Hepatitis C. Everyone responds differently to the treatments that are available. Find out about treatment and how to get thru it.
There is a connection between Hepatitis C and Fibromyalgia. Learn more about Fibromyalgia here.
Here you will find my story about my walk with Hepatitis C. You will also find my opinions on issues related to Hepatitis C.
Written by: Teri Gottlieb
What are the risk factors for Hepatitis C? Could you have been exposed to this deadly virus and not know it? The answer is YES!
You may be at risk for hepatitis C and should contact your health care provider for a blood test if you:
What happens when someone is infected? Being infected with HCV does not necessarily mean that liver disease will occur. What’s more, it can take several years (decades, in most cases) for HCV to cause life-threatening liver disease. Soon after HCV enters the body, it infects cells in the liver called hepatocytes. Only a small number of people (about 25 percent) actually experience symptoms of infection, such as fatigue, decreased appetite, dry and itchy skin, clay colored stools, nausea or jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). However, almost all people infected with HCV will, at some point, experience an increase in their liver enzymes—such as serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT)—which can be detected by a simple blood test. An increase in ALT means that some liver cells are becoming damaged by the HCV infection.
About 15 to 20 percent of people infected with HCV are able to clear the virus from their bodies on their own, usually within six months after becoming infected (more common among infected infants and young women). However, the majority of people infected with HCV have “chronic” hepatitis C—an infection that will stay with them for life. In other words, if 100 people are infected with HCV tomorrow, 15 to 20 of them will clear the virus from their bodies within six months, whereas 80 to 85 of them will remain infected with the virus. Of the 80 to 85 people with chronic Hepatitis C, about 60 of them will remain healthy—their liver enzymes will stay normal, even though HCV can be detected in their livers and in their blood, and they will not go on to develop liver disease or experience symptoms of the infection. The remaining 15 to 20 people with chronic Hepatitis C will go on to experience some signs and symptoms of liver disease, such as fatigue, nausea, muscle aches and abdominal pain. They may also develop cirrhosis of the liver and are much more susceptible to liver cancer.
This is an informational website about Hepatitis C. I will relate my experiences with Hep C, my walk with treatment and address concerns related to having HCV. I have been there, done that and got the stupid T-Shirt. I was diagnosed, treated and cured of this virus. It is my hope that I can help at least one person get thru their journey with Hepatitis C. Having Hep C isn't a death sentence. More people die WITH this virus than FROM it. Remember that.
A diagnosis of Hepatitis C can and will change your life. It has definitely changed mine. I have taken this journey and come out on the other side. I am CURED. Because of my amazing medical team that took me through treatment, I am doing what I can to give back to the Hepatitis C Community. It is my hope that the information you find on this site will help you through your journey with this virus. It is my dream that each person with Hepatitis C will get diagnosed, treat and be cured. Please remember, you are not alone.