June, 2016

 

Liver Basics

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The liver is the largest organ inside the human body. Weighing around three pounds, it is located in the upper right part of the abdomen. We can’t live without a functioning liver. It’s the body’s filter and warehouse. Everything goes through the liver, whether you eat it, drink it, breathe it or put it on your skin. Almost all cells and tissues in the body depend on the liver. When something goes wrong with the liver, it can have a serious effect on almost every other organ in the body.Read More


Introduction to HIV and HCV Coinfection

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What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a disease that infects the liver. Hep C can cause lifelong infection, and over time it can cause fibrosis (mild to moderate liver scarring), cirrhosis (serious liver scarring), liver cancer, liver failure and death. What is HIV? The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) mostly infects CD4 cells, also known as T cells. These white blood cells coordinate the immune system to fight disease. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is a condition caused by HIV. When your immune system breaks down, you canRead More


Paying for Hepatitis C Treatment

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IntroductionAre you uninsured? If you do have health coverage, are your prescription co-pays or other co-insurance costs prohibitively expensive? Or does your plan come with high medication deductibles that you can’t afford? Help may be available from pharmaceutical companies and other organizations in the form of co-pay programs and patient assistance programs (PAPs). In recent years, the Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) has been working closely with the pharmaceutical industry to streamline access to co-pay programs and PAPs for people living with viral hepatitis. The FPC has negotiated co-pay programs withRead More


Hepatitis C Medications

The goal of HCV treatment is to cure the virus, which can be done with a combination of drugs. Thespecific meds used and the duration of treatment depend on a number of factors, including HCV genotype (genetic structure of the virus), viral load, past treatment experience, degree of liver damage, ability to tolerate the prescribed treatment, and whether the person is waiting for a liver transplant or is a transplant recipient. In some cases, HCV treatment may be limited by your health insurance plan or drug formulary. Here’s more specificRead More


Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is curable. In clinical trials, roughly 95 percent of those who took the newest medications were cured. Hep C treatment is easier and shorter than ever before. When HCV treatment is working, the virus will become undetectable in the blood within four to 12 weeks and will remain that way throughout treatment. People are considered cured when they have achieved a continuation of this undetectable status for 12 to 24 weeks after completing therapy. This is known as a sustained virologic response (SVR). The chancesRead More


Hepatitis C Testing

If you have any risk factors for hepatitis C, then the next step is to test for it. Initial testing for hepatitis C has three parts. The first test, the HCV antibody test, sees if you have been exposed to the virus. The second test is the viral load test, and it detects whether you were merely exposed or if you actually have hep C. If that test is positive, then a genotype test is done to find out what kind of hep C you have. HCV Antibody Testing: DiagnosingRead More


Hepatitis C Transmission and Risks

Transmission Hepatitis C (HCV) is transmitted when the blood of an infected person passes into the blood of an uninfected person. Hep C is most easily spread through direct blood-to-blood contact, such as: Sharing needles and other equipment (paraphernalia) used to inject drugs. Injection drug users (IDUs) who share needles, syringes, and paraphernalia associated with it are at the highest risk of HCV. Blood transfusions and organ transplants before July 1992. Widespread screening of the blood supply in the United States began in 1992. Sexual contact with someone who hasRead More


Welcome to the Medivac Forums.

Here in the Am I Infected? Forum, you will be able to ask questions relating to hepatitis C risk assessment and hepatitis C testing. Please take time before posting your question(s) and read the Hepatitis C Transmission Lesson and the Hepatitis C Testing Lesson. You’ll find some basic information about hepatitis C which may be useful to you. If you still have questions, by all means let us hear from you. If you are having physical symptoms you are concerned about, you should discuss them with your health care provider.Read More


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