Hepatitis C (HCV)
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Hepatitis C: TEST and TREAT
Infection with viral hepatitis C can, over time, result in chronic disease and serious and sometimes life-threatening liver conditions. A key factor in transmission is the sharing of injection drug equipment; persons who inject drugs account for 75% of new cases nationwide. Over a thousand cases of chronic hepatitis C are reported in Montana every year, many from the baby boomer generation who may have injected as little as one time. Unlike hepatitis A and B, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C; however, curative treatment is available.
What is Hepatitis C?
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.”
- Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection.
- Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the Hepatitis C virus remains in a person’s body. Hepatitis C virus infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.
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For more information please contact your health provider or your local city-county or Tribal Health department.
For more information contact your health provider or your local city-county or Tribal health department.