July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. The organizers of the awareness campaign are using a variety of channels, including social media, to educate and inform patients and clinicians about hepatitis prevention and treatment.
While alternative and complimentary medicine make their way closer to the mainstream there are still some areas of concern with using them while treating hepatitis C. There have also been questions raised about the costs associated with using new medications to treat the disease.
Patients with hepatitis C may not be diagnosed with the condition until their liver damage has progressed to the point of needing a transplant. They may also be suffering from renal failure which requires a different look at treatment options in order to improve overall health.
Patients with hepatitis C can go years without having any idea of their condition. Identifying these patients and getting them the treatment they need has become a growing focus in the medical community over the past several years.