Almost 2 percent of Americans are infected with Hepatitis C according to the Centers For Disease Control. The scary part is that about half the people infected don’t know they have it.
Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver, which can cause cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver disease. Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood contact. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and sexual contact. Hepatitis A is transmitted through food and water.
Risk factors associated with Hep. C are health care accidents, injectable drug use, tattoo and body piercing, bloody contact sports and even manicures and pedicures.
One of the biggest problems with Hep. C is people do not know they have it which allows the disease to cause extensive liver damage. Early detection makes the disease much more treatable and in many cases curable. Some symptoms are yellow eyes, blood clotting, jaundice, swelling of the feet and abdomen and liver cancer.
When a patient is diagnosed with Hepatitis C the latest advanced treatment options are Telaprevir and Boceprevir. These two medications have an 80 percent cure rate. Not long ago Ribavirin and Interferon were used in combination and only had a 40 percent cure rate.