Hepatitis C (cont.)
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Hepatitis C Prognosis
Hepatitis C varies greatly in its long-term effects.
A small number of people with hepatitis C develop complications outside the liver. These may affect the skin and connective tissues of the body, the blood or bone marrow, the muscles, the joints, or the kidneys.
Hepatitis C Prevention
Right now, there is no vaccine for the prevention of HCV transmission. The best means of preventing transmission of HCV is to prevent contact with infected blood, not to inject illicit drugs, and to avoid high-risk sexual behavior such as multiple partners and anal contact.
Avoiding alcohol and drugs that can damage the liver may help slow the rate of progression of the disease. Although no vaccine is available for hepatitis C, persons who are infected with one hepatitis virus usually do poorly if they acquire another hepatitis virus. Thus, persons with hepatitis C should be vaccinated against hepatitis A and Hepatitis C virus.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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