The HCV Community Health Program at HIV Alliance is designed to help people living with HCV in Lane County to stabilize and maintain their health through support, advocacy, referral services, and emergency financial assistance. Clients struggling to meet basic needs can work with our Community Health Worker to access transportation and nutrition assistance.
In September 2014, we began a partnership with Food For Lane County to insure that our HCV clients are receiving healthy food on a regular basis.
The better you take care of yourself, the slower that the damage to the liver. On average, it takes 20 years to develop symptoms for chronic HCV. With alcohol or HIV, the average number drops to 7 years. So whether or not medicine is available, taking better care of your body will help.
There are 6 HCV genotypes. Treatment success is dependent on genotype and has a 40 – 80% chance of being successful. All genotypes result in the same level of liver damage.
Side effects of medicine include flu-like symptoms, muscle and joint pain, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, dry skin anxiety, insomnia, and depression. They vary greatly in number and severity based on the person.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a virus that is transmitted by blood only. The word Hepatitis literally means “inflammation of the liver.” Hepatitis can be caused by viruses (such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C), or by drugs, medicine, alcohol, toxins, autoimmune disease, and bacteria. The liver itself performs over 500 bodily functions and when damaged can impact the functioning and health of other organs in the body. Complications of long term liver disease include:
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