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Hepatitis C

Facts at a Glance

The American Liver Foundation and Merck are working together to raise awareness among U.S. veterans about their increased risk for chronic hepatitis C.

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Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver.  The virus, called the Hepatitis C virus or HCV for short, is just one of the hepatitis viruses.   The other common hepatitis viruses are A and B, which differ somewhat from HCV in the way they are spread and treated.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 2.7 million people in the United States have chronic Hepatitis C infection.

  • Is it possible to have a positive antibody but not have the actual virus?
  • What is my viral load? (Does my viral load mean I am more or less infectious?)
  • What is my genotype?
  • Should my partner also seek out testing to see if exposure has happened?
  • What kinds of medication options are there for my genotype?
  • Have I been screened for Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer?
  • If I have had past exposure to Hepatitis B or have liver cancer, can you explain the black box warning I have heard about
  • Do you need to know what my insurance company covers for treating Hepatitis C?
  • If my insurance declines therapy – will you be doing an appeal or will you be having a specialty pharmacy assist with the appeal process?
  • How long will therapy be?
  • What are the possible side effects of treatment?
  • Can we review the medications and supplements I am taking?
  • Are there any medications which can cause an adverse reaction with therapy?
  • What medications can’t I take while on therapy?
  • Should alcohol be avoided while on therapy?
  • Where can I find local support groups to connect to others whom have gone through therapy?
  • Have many of the patients you’ve treated been successfully cured?

Support Groups Near You

Visit the American Liver Foundation support group page here to find the closest support group to you.

Online Support Groups

Visit the American Liver Foundation online support group at Inspire…

PBC Support Group on Facebook
Visit the American Liver Foundation Primary Biliary Cholangitis support group on Facebook. For more details, click here…

Visit to learn more about Hepatitis C.

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