FAQs About Hepatitis C

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2,000,000 people live with chronic Hep C, and the New Jersey Department of Health estimates that more than 650 per 100,000 people in the state are living with Hep C. At Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Dr. Barry Kaufman and Dr. Gary Rosman provide advanced Hepatitis C treatments for Egg Harbor Township, NJ, residents. Understanding Hep C helps you know when to seek treatment.

How is Hep C Transmitted?

Hep C is a virus that is most often transmitted through the blood. Sharing needles is the most common mode of transmission for the virus. Hep C can also be transmitted to a baby whose mother is Hep C positive. Although rare, it is possible to transmit Hep C through sex, accidental needlesticks, and unsanitary practices that involve needles, such as unregulated tattooing.

How Does Hep C Affect the Body?

The acute stage of Hep C infection lasts for up to six months. Your body may fight off the virus without intervention, but approximately half of the people infected develop chronic Hep C. The virus impacts liver function and increases the levels of bilirubin in your body. As the disease progresses, it may affect your intestines, liver, thyroid, stomach, and brain. 

I May Have Been Exposed to Hep C. What Should I Do?

If you suspect that you have been infected with Hep C, Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Rosman recommend that you get tested as soon as possible. If your test is negative, they will advise you about lifestyle changes, as well as future testing that may be required.

Does Hep C Cause Symptoms?

Hep C doesn’t always cause symptoms, and many people who are Hepatitis C positive have no signs or symptoms. The most common symptoms of Hep C infection are yellow skin or eyes, nausea, fatigue, weight loss, and fever.

Is Hep C Curable?

New antiviral medications are available for Hep C treatment. At Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates, we are involved with clinical research for new treatments. We have the expertise you need to treat your Hep C.

If you live in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and have Hepatitis C, learn more about how to manage the condition. Call Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaufman or Dr. Rosman. You can reach our Egg Harbor Township, NJ, office at (609) 407-1220.

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