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A Brief History of Hepatitis C
The management, care and treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) has come a long way since it was identified in 1989. While there are still many unanswered questions, we have a much better understanding of hepatitis C transmission, prevention, disease progression and treatment. This factsheet will focus on a
brief review of the history of hepatitis C and the major strides made in treating
HCV since the identification of the virus.
Dispelling HCV Myths
As the saying goes, “knowledge is power.” This is particularly true when it comes to living with a chronic illness such as hepatitis C. In this day and age of managed health care, it is extremely important that people learn as much as possible about any healthcare issue so that they can advocate for themselves in order to get the best medical care possible. Conversely, misinformation about a condition like hepatitis C can be especially dangerous, and could potentially lead to living in fear and isolation, making life with HCV even more difficult.
Finding a Support Group
Many people with hepatitis C feel isolated and find it difficult to cope with living with a chronic illness such as HCV. Family and friends can be a great source of comfort and support, but support from people who have faced some of the same fears and challenges can be crucial in helping people understand, manage and live successfully with hepatitis C.
HCV and Work-Related Issues: A Guide for Employers and Coworkers
Millions of Americans live with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. There may be someone in your workplace who has HCV. You cannot tell by looking at someone if he or she has this virus. You may have some questions or concerns about working with someone who has HCV. You may feel afraid of HCV or wonder if you can get it. It is human nature to fear illness, especially an illness you know nothing about. However, there is no reason to fear HCV. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide accurate information and reassurance to those working with someone who has HCV.
Hepatitis C is a highly stigmatized disease. Revealing a diagnosis of HCV can cause anxiety on a number of levels. The ramifications of this disclosure can have an impact on medical, marital, family, insurance and other areas of one’s life.
How to Tell Children They Have Hepatitis C
Experts who have studied children with cancer and HIV/AIDS recommend parents tell their child about a hepatitis C infection as soon as she or he can understand the information, starting at age 8 or earlier if the child is asking detailed medical questions.
Testing Positive – Now What?
Testing positive for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) may be scary, but now you have information that can improve your health and well-being. This fact sheet will explore what testing positive means, and what you can do about it. Don’t panic – the knowledge you now have will help you make healthier decisions for you and your liver. Information is the key to living well with hepatitis C.
Top 11 Counseling Messages
When someone is diagnosed with hepatitis C there are many messages we can give to advise the newly diagnosed person during this difficult period. The person can be counseled about HCV transmission and prevention, but the key is to talk with the person and offer messages that alleviate some of the fear and offer hope.
Nutrition and Hepatitis C
Nutrition is an important component of living well with hepatitis C. It is also important to help with the prevention of steatosis (fatty inﬁltrates of the liver) that contributes to HCV-related liver disease progression. A poor diet and little or no exercise can signiﬁcantly contribute to the formation of steatosis. Therefore, it is recommended that people with hepatitis C eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, drink plenty of clear ﬂuids, engage in moderate exercise and get plenty of rest.