Patients with a medical history with a possible exposure to hepatitis C need to know that hep C is a common blood-borne infection in the US (especially in people born between 1945 and 1965). Most people are not aware that they are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) which, over time, can cause serious liver disease. A simple, one-time screening test for HCV antibodies can tell you if you have been exposed to the virus. Therapies exist that can clear the virus from the liver and bloodstream.

Once a patient is diagnosed, it important to make them realize that: (1) they are not alone, (2) hep C is a serious disease that can impact their health, (3) they should understand how to avoid spread of hep C to others, and (4) treatment for hep C can lead to a cure.

Physicians - valuable patient education– ready for your use
Most patients know very little about hepatitis C, so they may be very surprised by the suggestion
that they get a screening test for Hep C. Patients that were recently diagnosed with hepatitis C
will have even more questions, like... How common is Hep C? How could I have been infected?
Is there a vaccine or treatment available? Click on the links below to download and print
summary information on hepatitis C (including links to other resources) that
you can give to your patients in the office.

For Your Patients: Download and Print the Following Content
Facts About Hepatitis C

- About Hep C

- Causes and Spread

- Symptoms

- Diagnosis

- Useful Information Links

Other Sources of Information on Hepatitis C
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Hepatitis C - General Fact Sheet:
English: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HCV/PDFs/HepCGeneralFactSheet.pdf
Spanish: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HCV/PDFs/HepCGeneralFactSheet_sp.pdf
American College of Gastroenterology:
http://patients.gi.org/topics/hepatitis-c/#tabs1
American Liver Foundation (ALF): A national voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing hepatitis and other liver and gallbladder diseases through research and education.
1-800-GO-LIVER (465-4837)   http://www.liverfoundation.org/