Reducing Hepatitis C Infections
Increasing numbers of hepatitis C virus infections have resulted in oral health professionals needing to advise their patients to seek testing.
Prior to 1965, the incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) was very low, with how many cases per 100,000 individuals?
Beginning in 2011, the number of HCV cases has risen each year.
HCV transmission occurs through exposure to blood contaminated with the virus, generally through multiple percutaneous exposures.
The incubation period for HCV infection generally ranges from how many days?
Following a review of the literature, the United States Preventive Service Task Force recommended a one-time HCV screening for those born between 1945 and 1965.
The first step prior to beginning treatment is to receive hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations and screening for alcohol consumption/abuse.
Since 2011, various US Food and Drug Administration-approved medications—specific to genotype—have provided shorter treatment durations, reduced side effects, and increased cure rates for individuals with active HCV.
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