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Hepatitis C

Together, we can beat Hepatitis C!

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver.  there are several types of viral hepatitis infections. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is a blood born virus and is transmitted by blood to blood. It is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness that last a few weeks to a serious life long illness.

Acute Hepatitis C is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For reasons that are not known, 15 to 25 percent of people clear the virus without treatment, however, approximately 75 to 85 percent of people who become infected with the Hepatitis C virus develop chronic or lifelong infection.

Chronic Hepatitis C is a long term illness that occurs with the Hepatitis C virus remains in a person’s body. Over time it can lead to serious liver problems, including liver damage cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer.

The incubation period varies from 2 to 26 weeks.  The virus is in the blood and may be causing liver cell damage, and the infected person can transmit the disease to others. About 3.2 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus.

 

Medications

  • Olysio

Website http://www.olysio.com/

Patient Support 1-855-5-OLYSIO

  • Harvoni

Website http://www.harvonu.com/

Patient Support 1-855-769-7284

  • Zepatier

Website http://www.zepatier.com/

Patient Support 866-251-6013

  • Daklinza

Website http://www.daklinzahcp.bmcustomerconnect.com/

Patient Support 866-251-6013

  • Ribavirin
  • Riba-Pak

Website http://www.ribapak.com

Patient Support 1-800-405-8506

  • Sovaldi

Website http://www.sovaldi.com/

Patient Support 1-800-445-3235

  • Viekira

Website http://www.viekira.com

Patient Support – 1-844-277-2333

 

Other Resources

American Liver Foundation

Their mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support, and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease.

HCV Support

Since 2005 HCV Support and it’s dedicated and caring online support members have been providing anonymous online peer support to hepatitis C patients from all around the globe.

Hepatitis Central

Since 1994, Hepatitis-Central.com has been dedicated to providing in-depth and cutting-edge information for Hepatitis C patients and their families, caregivers and health professionals. With more than 2,750 pages of useful and helpful Hepatitis C information, at Hepatitis-Central.com you can learn about Hepatitis C and what you can do about it.

Merck Cares

Knowledge is power when it comes to taking care of your health. Get information that can make you better prepared to fight your chronic hep C.