A Study of Hepatitis C Essay

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A Study of Hepatitis C When given the assignment of a research paper, hepatitis C (HCV) was the first virus that I thought of writing about - primarily, because I have personal knowledge of HCV, having been diagnosed in approximately 1996. Then, between 2005 and 2007, I took part in a clinical trial at UNC-CH using a combination of interferon and ribavirin. I am pleased to report that I am now totally free of HCV. In this paper I will set forth treatment possibilities to contain HCV from both personal experience as well as current medical literature. One of the more common terms that relates to HCV is that it is the “silent epidemic” or the “hidden epidemic,” because one can be infected for years, even decades, without having any symptoms. It is possible to have a severe chronic infection which advances to serious liver damage due to the fact that no symptoms are seen in a person. I know this to be true, as I was one of those affected. I was totally asymptomatic and was surprised to find out that I was infected with the virus. I was also lucky enough to find out and be treated prior to having severe liver damage occur. However, the more I read about HCV, the more I began to understand that our lifestyle during the rebellious 1960s was more than likely responsible for the majority of cases. The most common risk factor for HCV infection is, and was, injection of illegal drugs. One need not be an addict to risk infection. Sharing just one needle one time could result in infection. During the 1960s, sharing of needles was the norm. Tattoos, body piercings, and blood transfusions were also responsible for the spread of HCV. I. Introduction – Pathogenesis - What is HCV? Hepatitis C is one of six known viruses that cause hepatitis, and it is the one form of hepatitis that is responsible for the majority of cases that may have been acquired due to

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