Hepatitis C: Who’s at risk?

Hepatitis C: Who’s at risk?
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Hepatitis is a virus that affects the liver. While different strains of the virus exist, hepatitis C is the most dangerous because it can cause inflammation and cirrhosis – scarring of the liver – liver cancer and liver failure. It is contracted by exposure to contaminated blood or bodily fluids, usually from unclean drug or tattoo needles. Mothers can also pass it to their children at birth. Many people have no initial symptoms, bother others experience:

  • Clay-colored stool
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Hepatitis C can be cured. Talk to your primary care provider about treatment options and to determine your risks.

Call Marshall Internal Medicine (304-691-1000) or Marshall Family Medicine (304-691-1100) to schedule a test for hepatitis C. Infectious disease specialists can diagnose and treat this condition.

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