May 17, 2001
my son has just been diagnosed with hepitis c. is that fatal? what is the cure? will he die? where did he get it from?
| Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
Hepatitis C,is very common, and more than 4 million americans are positive.It will progress to advanced liver disease in about 30% of all cases, and can cause cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma in 15%.There are new treatment alternatives that can cure the disease in up to more than 60% of cases.The disease is contracted by exposure to positive blood.This may occur by sharing needles,sexual contact,tattoos,piercing etc.In around 25% of all cases the risk factor is unknown.
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