Trending Questions we received

  • What are ways Hepatitis C is not spread?

    Hepatitis C virus is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. It is also not spread through food or water.

  • What is the risk of a pregnant woman passing Hepatitis C to her baby?

    Hepatitis C is rarely passed from a pregnant woman to her baby. About 6 of every 100 infants born to mothers with Hepatitis C become infected with the virus. However, the risk becomes greater if the mother has both HIV infection and Hepatitis C.

  • Can a person get Hepatitis C from a mosquito or other insect bite?

    Hepatitis C virus has not been shown to be transmitted by mosquitoes or other insects.

  • What are the symptoms of acute Hepatitis C?

    Approximately 70%–80% of people with acute Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. Some people, however, can have mild to severe symptoms soon after being infected, including: Fever – Fatigue – Loss of appetite- Nausea – Vomiting – Abdominal pain – Dark urine – Clay-colored bowel movements – Joint pain – Jaundice (yellow color in the skin or eyes)

  • Should a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus be restricted from working in certain jobs or settings?

    CDC’s recommendations for prevention and control of the Hepatitis C virus infection state that people should not be excluded from work, school, play, child care, or other settings because they have Hepatitis C. There is no evidence that people can get Hepatitis C from food handlers, teachers, or other service providers without blood-to-blood contact.

  • What is a Genotype?

    Genotype is the term used to describe the specific genetic structure of hepatitis C. There are believed to be 6 major hepatitis C genotypes (1–6), each of which can be further subdivided into subtypes.

    · It is important to know your genotype because it can help your healthcare provider choose the right treatment for you. It can also affect the length of your treatment and your chance of being cured.

  • Why is it so important to take hepatitis C drugs correctly?

    Taking any medicine correctly is extremely important. Taking medicines correctly means:

    1. not skipping doses
    2. taking the medicine as instructed, such as with or without food
    3. not running out of the medicine before you have picked up your refill
    4. not stopping the treatment earlier than planned

    For hepatitis C drugs, these issues are especially important because, if a medicine is not taken correctly, it may not kill the virus completely. Then, because the virus has “seen” the drug, it learns how to mutate and change in ways that allow it to escape the drug and avoid getting killed off. This is called drug resistance.

    Developing drug resistance is a serious issue. It means that the treatment may not work and that the patient may not respond to future treatments.

    To prevent drug resistance, it is important to take any medication correctly.

    Resistance can develop quickly. It is very important to take these new antiviral medications according to instructions, on schedule, and not to skip or reduce doses

  • What is sustained virologic response (SVR)?

    Virologic response means that the hepatitis C virus is not detected in the blood during treatment. When the virus continues to be undetectable 12 weeks or more after completing treatment, a “sustained” virologic response (SVR) has been achieved.