Left untreated, hepatitis C can cause serious liver damage, including liver cancer; currently the fastest rising cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. In fact, deaths from hepatitis C have nearly doubled over the past decade, now accounting for more than 15,000 each year.
More important to note is that hepatitis C can be cured in the majority of cases with proper treatment. In the past, few options were available for the treatment of hepatitis C, and those that existed weren’t very effective. Today, there are a variety of oral medications (direct-acting antivirals ) available to treat hepatitis C quickly and efficiently. Because of their efficacy and safety, the use of DAAs has substantially improved HCV treatment and made HCV eradication possible for most patients, including patients with HIV infection, severe renal and hepatic impairment, and history of organ transplantation. (1)
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Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. For more information on risk, symptoms, diagnoses and treatment, click below...
The CDC recommends hepatitis C testing for the following populations:
Other experts, including a group that helps set health policies in the United States, called the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends hepatitis C testing for additional groups including: