Hepatitis C is a viral disease that can causes liver swelling (inflammation) and can sometimes lead to severe liver damage including cirrhosis and liver failure.
The virus is spread through contact with the blood of an infected person, most commonly through the sharing of needles/syringes or sexual contact.
Medications, called antivirals, can be used to treat many people with chronic Hepatitis C.
It is important to be checked by a doctor who is experienced in treating chronic Hepatitis C to determine what course of treatment is best for you and your care plan.
For most patients, Hepatitis C can be cured in just 8 to 12 weeks of treatment with minimal side effects and is 90 percent effective at curing the virus.
EvergreenHealth Infectious Disease providers offer the best available treatments to fight the virus that causes Hepatitis C and we are committed to helping you return to your best possible health.
If you are interested in learning more about HCV treatment, please call 425.899.5100 to make an appointment with one of our experienced health partners.
Dr. Diego Lopez de Castilla is interviewed about new treatment options for Hepatitis C on KING 5's New Day Northwest.