Regular testing and monitoring is important for persons with hepatitis C
infection. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the
cause of chronic liver disease. There is no vaccination for hepatitis C,
however there is treatment.
C is primarily spread by direct contact with human blood, such as blood
transfusions, use of blood products, or sharing needles, razors, toothbrushes,
with hepatitis C infection typically experience no symptoms whatsoever.
The symptoms of hepatitis C infection, when present include tiredness,
nausea, fever, loss of appetite, stomach pain, and/or diarrhea. Additional
signs are jaundice (yellow eyes or skin), dark yellow urine, and light-colored
people who contract hepatitis C infection will develop a chronic infection.
is no vaccine for hepatitis C. Treatment does exist for hepatitis C and
some people can be cured. Antiviral drugs such as interferon used alone
or in combination with ribavirin are approved for the treatment of chronic
hepatitis C infection.
testing for hepatitis C infection and treating blood products with more
effective killing agents has essentially eliminated the spread of hepatitis
C infection through blood products. In fact, no cases of hepatitis C transmission
through use of commercially prepared inactivated concentrates have been
reported in the U.S. since 1991.
the progress in preventing hepatitis C infection, CDC recommends testing
of all persons who have received blood products. Free blood testing is
availablethrough participation in CDC's Universal Data Collection program
offered by your treatment center.
more information on each fact sheet or to locate a hemophilia treatment
center near you, contact NHF's information service, HANDI, at 800-42-HANDI