What is hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C, which is also called Hep C, viral hepatitis or HCV, is a serious and contagious liver disease that can cause liver damage, liver cancer or even liver failure. Most people infected with hepatitis C don’t know they are infected. Hepatitis C is now curable.
Early diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C can prevent long-term health problems and keep you from transmitting the virus. Everyone born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested. The CDC recommends everyone be tested at least once in their lifetime. You are at high-risk of infection if you:
- Use injection drugs or have used injection drugs
- Were born between 1945 and 1965
- Are in a sexual relationship with someone who is living with hepatitis C
- Are living with HIV
- Received a blood transfusion before 1992
If you have hepatitis C, an Allies Health Advocate can connect you directly to our medical clinic for treatment or refer you to another medical provider. The sooner you are diagnosed and begin treatment, the more you reduce your risk of long-term health problems. Allies Medical Director, Sarah McBeth, MD, MPH is board certified in infectious diseases as well as internal medicine. You can make an appointment with Dr. McBeth, or talk to an Allies Health Advocate today by calling 412.345.7456.