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Truth and Lies about Hepatitis C

Truth and Lies about Hepatitis C

There can be a lot of confusion when you are first diagnosed with the Hepatitis C Virus. It takes time to figure out what is the truth and what is a lie. I was mixed up for the first year or so. We need to know the truth so that we can make smart choices for our health.

Some Truth and Lies about Hepatitis C

It can take years to cause damage. — It is constantly causing damage.                                    

Fact: From the minute the virus starts to work in your body, your blood levels can show that there is something wrong. It can take a long time for heavy damage to hit, but HCV is a destructive virus.

It only damages your liver. — It’s hard on all your organs.

Fact: HCV breeds in the liver. However, if it is ignored for years, the liver becomes damaged enough that other organs suck as spleen, kidney, heart, and other parts of your body become weak.

It’s not easy to get. — It can be passed easily through blood transmission.

Fact: If there is an exchange of blood between a person with the virus and one without, transmission can occur. There are specific ways that blood can become contaminated, and protective measures should always be used.

No one can tell you have it. — You start to turn yellow.

Fact: There is not an outward sign until the virus has created some damage. I had it for almost 40 years. I had hair loss, bruising, anemia, and fatigue. But I didn’t turn yellow until my liver failed.

It can be cured with pills. — You might never get cured.

Fact: Medical researchers have helped create new medications that can get rid of the virus for most people. There are still some strains of Hepatitis that do not have a treatment. There are also people who are treatment resistant and have not been cured.

The pills are only available for rich people. — There are ways to find treatment for most everyone.

Fact: Some of the treatments are very expensive. If you have private insurance or a lot of money, you may get treatment. But many people are still waiting on approval. This can be based on money, insurance, and overall physical health. There is NO rule of thumb.

Treatment should be started as soon as possible. — It’s okay to wait to be treated.

Fact: Each individual has to work with their health care provider in deciding when to treat. If treatment is available to you, and it seems like the right thing – get treated! If you had rather wait on better or less expensive treatments, or if you are not very sick – wait a while! The real truth is that there are no easy answers. Every person’s body is different. The stage of liver disease can range from none all the way to end stage. Take a good look at the facts and give yourself time to make wise health choices.

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