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What's More Deadly Than HIV? Hepatitis C! Are YOU Infected?
Hepatitis C Is Deadly and Insidious...
Hepatitis C is a deadly disease that attacks the liver and often causes liver cancer and cirrhosis. It progresses slowly and has few symptoms, which is why most don't know they have it. The problem is, it's deadly. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more Americans now die of Hepatitis C than HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.
The study was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
How Do You Get Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is spread by drug use via injection, sexual contact, blood transfusions, organ transplants and tattoos! According to the CDC, three-million-plus Americans are infected, yet about 50%-75% or more don't even know they have the disease!
If you fall into any of these categories, if you've used drugs (injectable), had unprotected sex, a blood transfusion, organ transplant, or have a tattoo, you need to call your doctor immediately and get tested!
Symptoms and Treatment for Hepatitis C
The fact is that Hepatitis C in its early stages has no symptoms--and in fact, they might not show up for decades! If symptoms do manifest themselves, they unfortunately mimic many non-threatening illnesses. These symptoms may include: fatigue, joint-pain, nausea and poor appetite--but there's one that's different: tenderness in the liver area!
Please see your doctor if you feel you're at risk and be optimistic! After you're tested for the virus, your liver abnormalities may be so low that you won't need any treatment other than monitoring. If more serious, you will be given medications that will rid your body of the virus!
The key is early detection!
For more on Hepititis C, read this info from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.bing.com/health/article/mayo-MADS00097/Hepatitis-C?q=hepatitis+c+symptoms&qpvt=symptoms+of+hepatitis+C#symptoms
NOTE: Please read my Hub on "Hepatitis C and Tattoos". It's important information that you need to know, if you or friends or family have tattoos.
CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.