This comprehensive ebook provides a wealth of authoritative information and practical advice from the nation's health experts about hepatitis C (HCV). Starting with the basics, and advancing to detailed patient-oriented and physician-quality information, the 21st Century Sourcebook series gives empowered patients, families, caregivers, nurses, and physicians the information they need to understand this infection.
Subjects and topics covered in this huge compendium include symptoms, outlook, causes, who is at risk, diagnosis, tests and procedures, treatment, research, clinical trials, and much more.
This edition includes our exclusive Guide to Leading Medical Websites with updated links to 81 of the best sites for medical information, which let you quickly check for updates from the government and the best commercial portals, news sites, reference/textbook/non-commercial portals, and health organizations.
Contents: Part 1: HCV Overview - NIH, CDC, VA, FDA Material * Part 2: Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Clinician's Guide * Part 3: Combating The Silent Epidemic Of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis * Part 4: Hepatitis C and Alcohol - What You Should Know To Make Informed Decisions About Your Liver Health * Part 5: Improving Hepatitis C Care - Reducing Alcohol Use with Brief Intervention * Part 6: All About Your Liver - A Toolkit for Patients with Special Learning Needs * Part 7: Cirrhosis, A Patient's Guide * Part 8: Why Should Baby Boomers Get Tested For Hepatitis C? * Part 9: Provider Feedback Forum on HCV Diagnosis, Treatment, and Care * Part 10: Conducting and Coordinating a Patient Education Class on Hepatitis C - A Toolkit for Providers * Part 11: State of Care for Veterans with Chronic Hepatitis C * Part 12: Hepatitis C: An Introductory Guide for Patients (Revised June 2013) * Part 13: What to Expect When Getting Tested * Part 14: Hepatitis C and Incarceration * Part 15: CDC and Hepatitis C * Part 16: Information on Testing & Diagnosis * Part 17: Viral Hepatitis and Gay/Bisexual Men * Part 18: Relationship Between Immunization with Jet Injectors and Hepatitis C Infection as it Relates to Service Connection * Part 19: Liver Tumors, A Patient's Guide * Part 20: New Therapies for Hepatitis C * Part 21: Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Persons Born During 1945-1965 * Part 22: Initiating and Maintaining a Hepatitis C Support Group: A How-To Program Guide * Part 23: Telaprevir Treatment for Hepatitis C, A Patient's Workbook * Part 24: Boceprevir Treatment for Hepatitis C, A Patient's Workbook * Part 25: National Liver Transplant Guide * Part 26: National Viral Hepatitis Program * Part 27: Reflex Confirmatory Testing For Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection * Part 28: Hepatitis C Clinical Trials * Glossary of Clinical Trials Terms * Section B: Guide To Leading Medical Websites - Internet Resources for Medical and Health Information
Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. Before 1992, when widespread screening of the blood supply began in the United States, Hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.” Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, or even death.