Hepatitis C, the Silent Epidemic: The Authoritative Guide

Hepatitis C, the Silent Epidemic: The Authoritative Guide

Hepatitis C, the Silent Epidemic: The Authoritative Guide

Hepatitis C, the Silent Epidemic: The Authoritative Guide

Synopsis

Four million Americans have been stricken by Hepatitis C, and the numbers continue to grow. Covering every aspect of this serious liver disease, Dr. Fred Askari provides a clear and compassionate description of the complex medical issues that many doctors fail to adequately explain to their patients. Complete with a targeted resource list of support groups and organizations, Hepatitis C: The Silent Epidemic delivers the facts on the symptoms as well as up-to-the-minute news on drug and transplant treatment options.

Excerpt

Back in the early 1980s, people started getting violently ill and dying from a new disease then known as gay-related immune deficiency syndrome, or GRID. Eventually we came to know this illness as AIDS, and scientists in France and America take credit for discovering its cause, the virus formally known as HIV. HIV, like other viruses, is a microscopic composition of protein and nucleic acid molecules. What is particularly perplexing about this virus is that the initial infection is often not noticed, and the deadly consequences of chronic infection are often not felt until years after the initial infection occurred.

As a student studying medicine at the time of onset of the HIV epidemic, I was struck by the vast array of diseases with unknown causes. One intriguing question is whether, given that HIV can infect someone and pass undetected only to manifest as disease many years later, there are other viruses that infect the body and cause injury years or decades later. Could cancer or liver disease be an endpoint of a chronic infection just like AIDS?

The answers to these questions are coming into sharper focus only recently. What is now known is that many cases of liver disease and liver cancer can be attributed to chronic viral . . .

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