Families First is pleased to be able to offer in-house treatment of Hepatitis C to our established patients.
What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus primarily affecting the liver. The liver is responsible for breaking down nutrients, filtering blood, and fighting infection. More than 95% of people suffering from chronic Hepatitis C can be cured with modern treatment.
Who is at risk for Hepatitis C?
- Baby Boomers (1945-65)
- Recipients (prior to 1992) of donated blood, blood products, or whole organs
- Those who have ever injected drugs, even one time or many years ago
- Individuals with chronic conditions such as liver disease, HIV or AIDS, or who are on hemodialysis
- Those born to a mother with Hepatitis C
- Individuals exposed to blood of someone known to have Hepatitis C
What are the symptoms?
Most people do not show signs or symptoms of Hepatitis C infection, so if you fall into any of the “at-risk” categories above, you should be tested. Those who do show symptoms may experience fever, fatigue, upset stomach, dark urine, gray-colored stool, joint pain, and/or yellowing of the skin and eyes.
How can I get treatment?
Families First offers in-house testing and treatment of Hepatitis C for established patients. This treatment usually has few or no side effects. If you are interested in treatment through our program, talk with your health care provider or call Lucy Garfield, RN, our Hepatitis C Nurse Coordinator, at 603-422-8208 ext. 319.