Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Alcohol use, toxins, some drugs, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis. Hepatitis is most often caused by viruses, the most common types being hepatitis A, B and C.

How is hepatitis C spread?

Hepatitis C is usually spread through contact with an infected person’s blood through sharing needles, giving birth, having sex with an infected person, unregulated tattoos, body piercings, blood transfusions, or organ transplants.

How can I get tested? What are my treatment options?

Many people with hepatitis C are asymptomatic and unaware that they are infected.

People with chronic hepatitis C may live for years without symptoms or feeling sick. When symptoms do occur, they are often signs of advanced liver disease.

The Choctaw National Health Services Authority (CNHSA) can test for hepatitis C. There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, but there are ways to treat and, in most cases, cure hepatitis C.

Who should be tested?

The CDC now recommends that all adults (ages 18 and older) and all pregnant women be tested for hepatitis C only once per pregnancy.

For more information:

Choctaw Ethnic Health Service

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