Get Help for Hepatitis C and Drug Addiction Today
People who struggle with drug addiction suffer the most from the Hepatitis C epidemic, yet they are the least likely to receive treatment. The majority of new cases in the United States today are among persons who use injection drugs. To make matters worse, many who have Hepatitis C do not even know it. And within the first three years of infection, the Hepatitis C virus can spread to 20 people from just one person.
CleanSlate has been a pioneer in Hepatitis C treatment for those struggling with addiction. We understand the challenges of overcoming addiction while managing a chronic illness. That’s why we are proud to offer on-site testing and treatment for Hepatitis C to our patient population. Hepatitis C infection is a serious condition and early screening and treatment can be key in preventing the virus from causing long-term harm.
The good news is that Hepatitis C is highly treatable with antiviral medications and has over a 95% cure rate. Our trained medical staff provide Hepatitis C treatment alongside of our addiction treatment programs, allowing our patients to achieve a healthier life in recovery.
Hepatitis C screening and medication are available to all CleanSlate patients receiving addiction treatment. Our patients have over a 95% cure rate for Hepatitis C.
What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver, and can lead to liver inflammation, scarring, liver cancer and even liver failure, if left untreated. The good news is that with modern medicine, Hepatitis C is now a treatable condition with antiviral medications.
How do you get Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is caused by a virus called the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is primarily spread through contact with infected blood, commonly through sharing of needles, unsterilized medical equipment, or from mother to child during childbirth. It can also be spread through unprotected sexual contact with an infected person, although this is less common. In rare cases, it can be transmitted through sharing personal items such as toothbrushes or razors.
Hepatitis C Symptoms?
Many people with Hepatitis C do not experience symptoms in the early stages of the infection. When symptoms do occur, they can be mild or severe, including:
Loss of appetite
Chronic Hepatitis C infection can lead to long-term liver damage, which can cause symptoms such as ascites (fluid buildup in the abdomen), easy bruising or bleeding, and the development of spider-like blood vessels on the skin. However, it is important to note that some people with chronic Hepatitis C may not experience any symptoms at all.
How Does Hepatitis C Treatment Work?
Physicians can treat Hepatitis C with combination of antiviral medications that work to reduce the amount of virus in the body and clear the infection. The specific medications used and the length of treatment depend on the type of Hepatitis C virus that a patient has, as well as other factors such as their overall health and prior treatment history. One of the most effective treatments for Hepatitis C is a combination of two or more antiviral drugs taken daily for several months. These medications have been shown to cure the majority of people with Hepatitis C, and they can be taken as a pill or an injection.
Why is Hepatitis C Important in Addiction Treatment?
By offering on-site testing and treatment for Hepatitis C, we can help you identify and treat the virus early, preventing it from causing long-term harm. Combining Hepatitis C testing and medication with your addiction treatment allows you to live a healthier life in recovery.
Can Hepatitis C be Cured?
Many people ask if there is a cure for Hepatitis C. What we know is that the outcomes data for Hepatitis C treatment is overwhelmingly positive. Antiviral medications can achieve high rates of sustained virologic response (SVR), which means the virus is no longer detectable in the blood. Successful Hepatitis C treatment can prevent the progression of liver disease and reduce the risk of liver cancer and liver failure. In addition to improving liver health, treatment can also lead to improved quality of life, including increased energy levels, decreased fatigue and reduced symptoms such as joint pain or rash.
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