Hepatitis C, a virus that can be deadly if left untreated. We already brought you part one of this list of facts about it, where we dispelled some myths and told about the biggest risks for contracting the disease. Here is part two of our list.
Number Eight: You Cannot Get Hepatitis C Sharing Eating Utensils
This is another common myth, but it’s not true. It can only be passed from person to person by way of blood. Unlike other viruses, sharing eating utensils does not put one at risk.
Number Seven: You Can’t Tell If Someone Has It by How They Look
In fact, the only way to know for sure if someone has Hepatitis C is by testing. There’s only a 20% to 30% chance that infected people will even show any symptoms.
Number Six: It Affects Millions in America
Almost 3 million Americans are infected with chronic Hep C. It has been nicknamed the “silent epidemic” because people can have it for 30 or 40 years and never even know it.
Number Five: People Born Between 1945 and 1965 are At Higher Risk
In fact there is a 1 in 30 chance that someone born in this time frame will have the disease. This is because during the 1970s and ’80s, infection rates were at their highest level.
Number Four: There is No Vaccine For It
It’s not yet available, according to doctors, because there are many different types of the virus, and it’s hard to come up with one that is effective against all types. Avoiding high risk behavior is the best way to avoid infection.
Number Three: After You’re Cured, You Need Ultrasounds
If you get a cirrhosis diagnosis from this virus, you need lifelong liver monitoring, to make sure you don’t get cancer. This involves abdominal ultrasounds every half year or so.
Number Two: A Liver Transplant Does Not Equal a Cure
A damaged liver is only a result of the virus, not the virus itself. For this reason, even after you get a new liver, you have to take medications to eliminate the virus from your body, and it’s possible to become reinfected.
Number One: Simple Precautions Can Prevent It
If you know you have Hepatitis C, there are simple steps you can take to reduce risk of transmission, including refraining from sharing toothbrushes or razors. Hopefully you found part two of our article education, and thanks for reading.