By Stephen C. Fabry, R. Anand Narasimhan

ISBN-10: 0763740772

ISBN-13: 9780763740771

There are nearly 2.5 million instances of Hepatitis C within the usa and nearly 2 hundred million around the world. no matter if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a chum or relative of somebody with Hepatitis C, this e-book bargains support. Written via physicians from Lahey medical institution clinical middle, Dr. Fabry and Dr. Narasimhan, this booklet presents authoritative, functional solutions to the most typical questions on Hepatitis C.

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Established risk factors other than alcohol intake include male sex, older age of infection (older than 40 years), longer duration of infection, hepatitis B virus (HBV) coinfection, and HIV coinfection. Other immunocompromised conditions, including organ transplants, are also associated with increased rates of fibrosis. This risk is a major issue in patients who receive a liver transplant for hepatitis C. Other risk factors for the development of cirrhosis that are being investigated include the amount of fibrosis on liver biopsy, the amount of fatty tissue on liver biopsy, and race.

If a person has been or may be exposed to HAV, an immunoglobulin (antibody preparation) can be administered to him or her to prevent infection. qxd 8/31/06 3:50 PM Page 52 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT HEPATITIS C provides temporary protection against hepatitis A. A vaccination against hepatitis A is also available; the vaccine provides longer (possibly lifelong) protection. Patients with hepatitis C are tested for hepatitis A to see whether they are immune to the latter infection. Many patients were exposed to hepatitis A as a child and have a natural immunity to it.

If you have made the decision to continue using drugs, never share syringes or needles with anyone else and use only sterile syringes and needles with a new alcohol swab. Hepatitis C can be spread through sexual activity only if there is blood-to-blood contact. qxd 8/28/06 2:34 PM Page 18 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT HEPATITIS C transmission. Individuals in monogamous relationships can discuss this issue with their doctors and decide on the appropriate precautions. Patients who are sexually active with multiple partners should always use a new latex condom with lubricants to reduce the risk of bleeding.

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