Hepatitis C

By: Kamryn Rogers

Types of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C was discovered in 1989 and soon after they discovered the two main types of Hepatitis C. The first type is Acute Hepatitis C which happens during the first 6 months after you are diagnosed with the disease. The second type of Hepatitis C is Chronic Hepatitis C. Chronic Hepatitis is where your liver gets infected overtime and prevents your liver from working correctly.

People at Risk to Hepatitis C

You are at risk to Hepatitis C if you have come in contact with any carrier of the disease's bloodstream, or if you have inherited the disease from a family member.

How Can You Get Hepatitis C?

You can get Hepatitis C by sharing needles or any other equipment used to inject drugs, any exposure to a carriers blood, blood transfusions, and the sharing of items like toothbrushes, nail clippers, and even razors.

Discovering Hepatitis C in People

If you didn't inherit the disease, you will first start developing miner symptoms. Once you start developing these you should immediately go to the doctor. At the doctor's office the will give you a blood test if they suspect Hepatitis C. If you do not go to the doctor very soon after you develop symptoms your condition could worsen and you can start developing major symptoms.

Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Miner Symptoms (1st):

  • exhaustion
  • fever
  • loss of appetite

Major Symptoms (2nd):

  • joint/muscle pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • jaundice

Main Body Parts Affected by Hepatitis C

Statistics of Hepatitis C

Over 3.2 million people in the U.S are living with Chronic Hepatitis C. Approximately 500,000 people die every year from Hepatitis C related liver diseases.

Life Expectancy of Carriers of Hepatitis C

The life expectancy of Hepatitis C depends on how severe the case is. If the case is very severe it could definitely cut your life shorter than people who don't have the disease. However, some patients fully recover and Hepatitis C has no toll on their life expectancy.

Cures for Hepatitis C

There are several antivirals that can help cure Hepatitis C as well as liver transplants. You can help prevent further liver damage by avoiding alcohol, drug injections, tattoos, and body piercings with unsanitary equipment.