Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. It results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.” The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that an estimated 3.2 million persons in the United States have chronic Hepatitis C virus infection. Most people do not know they are infected because they don’t look or feel sick. The CDC and United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965 in addition to those at high risk for infection.

Treatment for Hepatitis C has evolved dramatically over the past few years. In recent years several pill based medications have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of Hepatitis C. These medications have very high cure rates, and minimal side effects.  The new medications eliminate the need to take multiple pills a day or give yourself weekly injections of interferon.

If you are interested in screening for Hepatitis C or treatment options available please call and schedule an office visit.