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Hepatitis C - hepatitis C virus (HCV)

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Hepatitis C is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis C virus (HCV). An estimated 3 percent of the world's population — more than 170 million people — carry a mysterious virus that silently attacks their livers, often without their knowledge. That's because up to 80 percent of those infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have no symptoms at all. In fact, most people don't know they have the disease until decades later when liver damage shows up during routine medical tests.

Hepatitis C is one of six identified hepatitis viruses — the others are A, B, D, E and G. All cause the liver to become inflamed, which interferes with its ability to function. Hepatitis C is generally considered to be among the most serious of these viruses.

Over time, HCV infection can lead to liver cancer, liver failure or cirrhosis — irreversible and potentially fatal scarring of the liver. It ranks second only to alcoholism as a cause of liver disease and is the leading reason for liver transplants in the United States. Unlike HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, HCV usually isn't transmitted through sexual contact. Instead, its primary mode of transmission is contaminated blood — through needles shared by drug users or through blood transfusions. Nearly 4 million Americans have been infected at one time with HCV and close to 3 million are chronically infected.

The encouraging news is that new cases of HCV have declined 80 percent since blood banks began screening for the virus in 1992. At the same time, because standard drug treatments are effective in only about half the people treated, the annual death toll from the disease is expected to triple in the next 10 years.

Although vaccines exist for hepatitis A and B, no vaccine for hepatitis C has been developed, primarily because the virus has many subtypes that change rapidly. Researchers hope to find a medication that will inhibit the growth of the virus and prevent long-term complications, such as cirrhosis and cancer, from developing.

Alternative names   

Non-A or non-B hepatitis

Definition   

Hepatitis C is an inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors   

Hepatitis C infection is caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV). Persons who may be at risk for hepatitis C are those who:

  • Received a blood transfusion prior to July 1992
  • Received blood, blood products, or solid organs from a donor who has hepatitis C
  • Injected street drugs or shared a needle with someone who has hepatitis C
  • Have been on long-term kidney dialysis
  • Have had frequent workplace contact with blood (for instance, as a healthcare worker)
  • Have had sex with multiple partners
  • Have had sex with a person who has hepatitis C
  • Shared personal items, such as toothbrushes and razors, with someone who has hepatitis C
  • Were born to hepatitis C infected mother

Other hepatitis virus infections include hepatitis A and hepatitis B.

This Hepatitis C Prevention and/or Curing Protocol is for people who are ready to take the full responsibility for their own health.

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." Chinese Proverb.

The protocol incorporates lifestyle change, and implements healthy diet, body cleansing, exercises and different traditional and natural therapies. Protocol contains links to other pages that give detail explanation for each part of this program. Please, follow the links, to fully understand all the words. Remember: There is always something that can be done! The first thing to do is to change your mood. If you are depressed, if you are unhappy, you can not be healthy. Advice: start with the Laughing cure!

Laughing provides us with the natural inner massage, and through change of mood it can account for up to 30% of cure!

Symptoms   

Many people who are infected with the hepatitis C do not have symptoms. Hepatitis C is often detected during blood tests for a routine physical or other medical procedure. If the infection has been present for many years, the liver may be permanently scarred -- a condition called cirrhosis. In many cases, there may be no symptoms of the disease until cirrhosis has developed.

The following symptoms could occur:

  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal pain (right upper abdomen)
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Low-grade fever
  • Pale or clay-colored stools
  • Dark urine
  • Generalized itching
  • Ascites
  • Bleeding varices (dilated veins in the esophagus)

Signs and tests   

  • Hepatitis virus serology
  • ELISA assay to detect hepatitis C antibody
  • Hepatitis C PCR test
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Liver biopsy shows chronic inflammation
  • Hepatitis C genotype. Six genotypes are present around the world. Most Americans have genotype 1 infection, which has lower response rates to treatment.

 

 Hepatitis C > 1 > 2 > 3 > 4

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