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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.

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Prior to 1965, the incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) was very low, with how many cases per 100,000 individuals?

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Beginning in 2011, the number of HCV cases has risen each year.

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HCV transmission occurs through exposure to blood contaminated with the virus, generally through multiple percutaneous exposures.

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The incubation period for HCV infection generally ranges from how many days?

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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.

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The first step prior to beginning treatment is to receive hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations and screening for alcohol consumption/abuse.

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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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