Hepatitis is commonly referred to as
inflammation of liver. Most common types of infectious
hepatitis are Hepatitis A (HAV), Hepatitis B (HBV) and
Hepatitis C (HCV). HAV is a food-borne illness and is usually
Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) are a type of viral hepatitis transmitted by infected blood and body fluids causing chronic liver disease. In certain endemic areas, Hepatitis B can be transmitted by food. Patients at risk of acquiring the infection include injection drug abusers, household contacts of infected patients, hemodialysis patients, travelers to endemic areas and prison inmates. Unvaccinated individuals are also at risk of acquiring infection in health care settings after exposure to an infected needle or body fluids.
Most common signs and symptoms include but are not limited to fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, yellow discoloration of eyes and skin.
If untreated, chronic infective hepatitis B and C can lead to cirrhosis of liver, end stage liver disease and/or liver cancer. Patients with untreated chronic HBV and HCV infections are advised to undergo periodic screening of hepatocellular carcinoma. Hepatitis B infection should be monitored periodically with blood work and treatment should be started as indicated.
Hepatitis C infection treatment and cure has come a long way. Patients can be cured with treatment in 8-12 weeks.
Treatment regimen and duration is dependent on patient's genotype and certain other host factors.
Our specialists at FLIDS conduct a comprehensive evaluation including counseling, blood work and imaging that is required to initiate treatment process.
Our staff diligently works with insurance companies for approvals to ensure quality care in a timely manner.
US Preventive Task Force(USPTF) recommends testing for Hepatitis C if you:
- are a Baby Boomer, born from 1945 - 1965
- received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992
- are a current or former injection drug user
- you are on long term hemodialysis
- you are infected with HIV
For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm