CALL US: (215) 402-0800

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Understanding Hepatitis C (HCV)Hepatitis C

Understanding Hepatitis C (HCV)

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. There are many kinds of hepatitis. Some can be spread. Others are not. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) does spread. It can lead to lifelong liver disease. This includes chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

Image: No sharing of razors and syringes

Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Most people notice no problems until they develop liver disease years later. Symptoms include the following:

  • Flulike problems (fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and sore muscles and joints)

  • Tenderness in the upper right abdomen

  • Jaundice (yellowing skin)

  • Swelling in the abdomen

  • Itching

  • Dark urine

Prevent the Spread

No vaccine can prevent the spread of HCV and hepatitis C. It's up to you to keep others safe.

Do

  • Cover all skin breaks and sores yourself. If you need help, the person treating you should wear latex gloves.

  • Use condoms during sex, especially with a new partner.

Don't

  • Don't donate blood, plasma, body organs, other body tissue, or sperm.

  • Don't share needles.

  • Don't share razors, toothbrushes, manicure tools, or other personal items.

How HCV Spreads

HCV spreads through exposure to an infected person's blood. This is most likely to occur if:

  • You used an infected needle (IV drug needles, tattoos, acupuncture needles, and body piercing)

  • You had a needlestick injury in the hospital

  • You shared personal care items such as razors

  • You had sex without a condom with an infected person (a less common cause)

  • You had a blood transfusion several years ago (blood is now screened for HCV)

Many people do not know how they were exposed to HCV.

Date Last Reviewed:

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

If you’re looking for advanced, comprehensive GI patient care, look to Hillmont GI. To schedule your appointment, call us at 215-402-0800. For your convenience, you can use our online form.

Patient Reviews

  • Dr. Robert Bailey

    Received good diagnosis, advice and guidance on possible treatment options. Overall excellent experience. - Rajesh Kumaran

  • Dr. Gerald Bertiger

    I was welcomed when i came in. The nurse who took my weight and blood pressure was kind and funny, and the Dr explained his plan step by step. Outside of the wait well past my appointment time, everything was very good. - Susan McDonnell

  • Dr. Robert Boynton

    Very efficient staff, friendly and professional. Dr. Boynton very comforting and professional. Nice visit. - Dawn Craven

  • Tanya Carter, MSN, CRNP

    Scheduling was easy, i was taken immediately and the staff were professional. - Denise Nuccio

  • Dr. Steven Nack

    I have been a long time patient of Dr. Nack. He has been nothing but professional and caring in his treatment and time with me. His insight and knowledge over all these years has been fantastic! - david schultz

  • Dr. Benjamin Raile

    I was able to get an appt quickly and i had no wait time. The nursing staff was excellent and very friendly. The physician was prepared with documentation and made recommendations for treatment and follow up. - Melissa Iatarola

  • Dr. Leonardo Salese

    I was welcomed right away and called back after only a couple minutes in the waiting room. The doctor was prompt and friendly. Scheduling a follow-up test was quick and easy. Thank you.- Courtney Panachyda

  • Victoria Scheibel, MHS, PA-C

    I felt it was very through and that my concerns were addressed. - Lori Trivelli

  • DR. JAMES TATERKA

    Dr Taterka and his staff are awesome! - Vicky Mccoach

Read More

Contact Us

Hillmont G.I.: Flourtown Office
1811 Bethlehem Pike Bldg C-300
Flourtown Commons
,
Flourtown PA 19031
Phone: (215) 402-0800
Fax: (215) 836-2429
View driving directions

Hillmont G.I.: Lansdale Office
125 Medical Campus Drive
Medical Arts Building, Suite 104
,
Lansdale PA 19446
Phone: (215) 402-0800
Fax: (215) 997-8891
View driving directions

Springfield Ambulatory Surgery Center
1528 Bethlehem Pike,
Flourtown PA 19031
Phone: (215) 402-0600
Fax: (215) 402 - 0604
View driving directions