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What is Hepatitis?

What is Hepatitis? Hepatitis refers to an inflammation of the liver cells and damage to the liver. There are different types and causes, but the symptoms can be similar. The liver’s functions include detoxifying the blood, storing vitamins, and producing hormones. Hepatitis can disrupt these processes and create severe health problems throughout the body. At…

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Hepatitis C Disease – Progression and Management

Hepatitis C Disease – Progression and Management After exposure to the hepatitis C virus, the window period before antibodies can be detected using a standard test usually lasts from 2 to 26 weeks. The initial phase of hepatitis C is called acute infection. Acute HCV infection may resolve with spontaneous viral clearance, typically within 2–12 weeks.…

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What Is Hepatitis C Viral Load?

If you’re being treated for hepatitis C virus infection — also called HCV– your doctor is keeping track of your viral load. What is HCV viral load? Why does it matter? WebMD got answers to your most frequently asked questions about hepatitis C and viral load from two experts: Frank Anania, MD, associate professor of…

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Can Hep C Be Cured in Just Six Weeks?

Can Hep C Be Cured in Just Six Weeks? Just as the makers of the next generation of Hepatitis C drugs aim for greater safety and effectiveness, they are also trying to eliminate the virus in a shorter period of time.   Only five years ago, the medications prescribed to treat Hepatitis C were analogous…

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FDA approves new treatment for hepatitis C virus

FDA approves new treatment for hepatitis C virus FDA NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: Nov. 22, 2013 Media Inquiries: Stephanie Yao, 301-796-0394, stephanie.yao@fda.hhs.gov Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA FDA approves new treatment for hepatitis C virus The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Olysio (simeprevir), a new therapy to treat chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Hepatitis…

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Curing Hepatitis C

Curing Hepatitis C BALTIMORE, Md. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Hepatitis C is the most common bloodborne viral infection in the US, affecting more than 4-million people. The deadly disease can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. Now there is a new era of hepatitis-c drugs that could cure the disease, without side effects.…

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What is Viral Load?

What is Viral Load? by: Albrecht Ernst Your viral load is the amount of specific viruses that you have, in a given volume of your blood (usually 1 milliliter = 1 cubic centimeter). More precisely, it means that the amount of Hep C genetic material found in your blood corresponds to as many Hep C…

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Am I Number 12?

AM I NUMBER 12? One in 12 people worldwide is living with either chronic Hepatitis B or C. The numbers are absolutely staggering and the prevalence is far higher than HIV or any cancer. While the public awareness about HIV is high mainly due to relentless campaigns and the media, the awareness of Hepatitis B…

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What is Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis and Hepatitis C?

What is Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis and Hepatitis C? Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. One frequent cause is viruses. The most common hepatitis viruses are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Previously, viral hepatitis that was not caused by the type A or type B virus was called “non-A, non-B hepatitis.” Recently three more…

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What is HCV (Hepatitis C Virus)?

What is HCV (Hepatitis C Virus)? When we are infected with the Hepatitis C virus, our body will start to produce antibodies to try to destroy it. The majority of the time the antibodies will fail in trying to identify the Hepatitis C virus. HCV infection will then remain with us for a very long…

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