Apr 8, 2002
what is hepitis c and how can a person get it? is it cureable?
| Response from Dr. Fried
Hepatitis C is a virus that attacks the liver causing inflammation and, in some patients, may progress to scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver. It can be acquired by exposure to blood such as sharing needles during intravenous drug use or from a blood transfusion obtained prior to 1992. Much less frequently, it may be transmitted sexually.
Hepatitis C can be cured in many patients using a combination of interferon and ribavirin. Contact your healthcare professional for additional information.
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