Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver that leads to inflammation and liver disease. Anyone can get Hepatitis C, but it is more likely to affect people who were born to an infected mother during childbirth and nursing, come in contact with blood or infected needles at work, are on kidney dialysis, have had sexual contact with an infected person, have injected illegal drugs, and those who received blood products prior to 1992.
Because most people do not have symptoms of hepatitis C, it is important to ask your healthcare provider for a simple blood test to know for certain. Some estimate that people born between 1945-1965 are five times more likely to have hepatitis C and most do not know they are infected. The CDC recommends everyone born in that span to be tested.
The good news is that antiviral drugs are useful in treating the illness and new drugs on the market can even seen to cure the disease. Get tested and find out if you have hepatitis C by making an appointment with Dr. Islam.