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communicable disease

Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver. It also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver.  The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Many people with the disease have no symptoms and are not aware they are infected.  80% of infected people do not clear the virus from their bodies and become chronically infected. Chronic infections can lead to more complex effects, such as severe and irreversible liver damage and liver cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are 4 million HCV cases nationwide.  HCV is among the two most commonly reported diseases in El Dorado County, with a five year average of 100 cases per 100,000 county residents.

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General Medical Information
Testing and Treatment Resources
Consumer and Government Resources
Organizations and Support
Harm Reduction and Substance Abuse Resources
Mental Health Resources
Text Resources

General Medical Information

Hepatitis C-Specific Information
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
     American Gastroenterological Association
     Hepatitis Central
     Hepatitis Neighborhood
     Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases

Clinical Trials
      National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Trials Registry

      National Foundation for Transplants

Testing and Treatment Resources  

Testing, Care and Treatment Sites
      El Dorado County Community Health Center
      Divide Wellness Center
      Barton Community Clinic
      Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center  

Treatment Drug Assistance Programs
      Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Consumer and Government Resources  

Government Agencies/Programs
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      California Department of Public Health

Health Insurance
      County Medical Services Program

County-Specific Hepatitis C Data
      2010 Morbidity Report, El Dorado County
      2010 Mortality Report, El Dorado County

   Organizations and Support  

Information and Support Organizations
     Shingle Springs Tribal Health Hepatitis C Treatment Education and Support Group
         Contact Shingle Springs Tribal Health Clinic, (530) 387-4975

  Advocacy Organizations
      HCV Advocate Support Project
      Hepatitis C Caring Ambassadors Program
      American Liver Foundation
      California Hepatitis Alliance
      Hep C Aware
      National Hepatitis C Advocacy Council
      National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project

Harm Reduction and Substance Abuse Treatment Resources  

      El Dorado County Alcohol and Drug Programs

Mental Health Resources  

      El Dorado County Mental Health Division

Text Resources  

     Marshall Community Health Library
     Hepatitis C Frequently Asked Questions
     Hepatitis C Pocket Resource Guide