5 facts about hepatitis C you need to know
The hepatitis C currently has been responsible for approximately two million patients in Nigeria. Being a virus discovered only in the eighties, there is still much to discover and spread the disease.
However, it is already known that many people are infected, but have not yet discovered that they are sick because most of the time it is an asymptomatic disease.
Being a newly discovered disease, the forms of transmission and the risk factors until recently were also unknown, which contributed greatly to the increase of patients in the country.
However, some studies have already released certain information about the disease that need to be disclosed in order to collaborate to make the incidence of hepatitis C ever smaller.
Hepatitis C is one of the biggest causes of liver cancer and cirrhosis. The complications that this disease causes can trigger other new diseases, such as diabetes, for example.
It is possible that a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus may go through decades without knowing that they are infected with the disease due to the fact that, most of the time, they are completely asymptomatic. When your first signs appear, usually much of the liver is already compromised.
Recent studies have shown that the hepatitis C virus is transmitted much more easily than the HIV virus. Another finding is in relation to its high infection rate that outstrips the AIDS virus by up to 100 times.
Currently, deaths due to hepatitis C outnumber HIV deaths. Although frightening, hepatitis C has a high cure rate, even in more advanced cases.
Treatment of the disease may require the use of strong medications as only a medical follow-up, this depends very much on the degree of the disease in which the patient is.
The Federal Council of Medicine advises everyone to take the hepatitis C test at least once, even if they do not fit into the risk factors for the disease: blood or organ recipients, drug users, patients who have received transfusion of blood before nineteen ninety-two, people who in their professions deal with blood, tattoo bearers, and family members of the disease.
If your test is positive for the disease, seek medical help to tell you the best treatment specifically for your case.
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