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Easy C Guide to Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C (HCV for short) is a virus that lives in human blood. A virus is one of the smallest living things known to exist inside plants and animals. HCV makes new hepatitis C viruses by infecting the liver, and after many years the liver can become so damaged that it cannot perform many of the important jobs that it must do to keep us healthy. You can only get hepatitis C by getting HCV-infected blood from someone who has hepatitis C, and ONLY if that infected blood gets into your body.
Understanding Hepatitis C
Treatments for hepatitis C have progressed to the point that more than 90% of the people who take the treatments can be cured, and for many people the treatment duration is usually 12 to 24 weeks. Now, we have interferon-free therapy. Importantly, the side effects of the newer treatments will be much less than the side effects of interferon-based therapies. Today, medical providers are much more knowledgeable about diagnosis, management and treatment of hepatitis C. There is also a public campaign to raise awareness and test the largest patient population—Baby Boomers.
Easy C Guide to Depression
When you find out that you have hepatitis C many thoughts run through your mind. Some people get confused, angry and depressed. These are normal feelings, but if depression is left unchecked it can lead to many severe problems. Interferon treatment can also make you feel angry and depressed. This is also normal, but can lead to many serious medical problems that may affect how well treatment works. This guide is about depression and hepatitis C — what the symptoms are and what steps you can take to help with depression.