Hep C Facts:
- Chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C (Hep C) is a virus that affects the liver. It is the most common blood-borne infection and affects about 3.5 million people in the US
- Most people do not have symptoms of Hep C for years or even decades, which is why it is commonly called a silent disease
- If left untreated, Hep C can cause liver damage and even lead to liver cancer
DO ANY OF THESE RISK FACTORS APPLY TO YOU?
- Baby Boomer (born 1945 – 1965)
- Received blood transfusion, an organ transplant, or kidney dialysis before 1992
- Tattoos or body piercings iwht unsterilized tools
- Sharing needles or straws for recreational use (even just one time)
- Accidental needle sticks (most common with healthcare professionals)
- Vietnam-era veteran
- Being born to a mother with Hep C
- The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends all Baby Boomers (born 1945 – 1965) get tested for Hep C
- Ask your healthcare provider to test you for Hep C – this simple blood test is not part of routine blood work
HEP C CAN BE CURED
Cure means the Hep C virus is not detected in the blood when measured 3 months after treatment is completed.
Have questions about Hep C? Contact The Liver Clinic at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine at 509-573 3819.