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HCSP Fact Sheet: Maximizing Your Medical Appointments

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This information sheet provides 19 ideas for patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) to maximize their doctor's appointments. Ideas include making a list of talking items beforehand, taking notes, bringing someone with you, asking a lot of questions, keeping an open mind, and describing symptoms clearly.

HCSP Fact Sheet: An Overview of Extrahepatic Manifestations of Hepatitis C

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This information sheet discusses extrahepatic manifestation, which means diseases or conditions that affect organs other than the liver when someone has hepatitis C virus (HCV). It explains how extrahepatic manifestations of hepatitis C can be found in the skin, eyes, joints, immune system, nervous system and kidneys. The fact sheet provides a list of these conditions and states that some of these conditions are more common and well-documented, while others are infrequent or their association with hepatitis C has not yet been proven.

HCSP Fact Sheet: Hepatitis A (HAV): What You Need to Know

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This information sheet describes hepatitis A, a disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV), which is a picornavirus that enters the blood stream via the intestines. It explains that HAV is the most common type of viral hepatitis in the United States with an estimated 3,000 new infections annually. It discusses prevention, transmission, symptoms, treatment and the HAV vaccine.

HCSP Fact Sheet: Hepatitis C and U.S. Hispanics

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This information sheet explains that the number of Hispanics with hepatitis C (2.6%) is higher than the number of people with hepatitis C in the general population (1.3%). It also states that hepatitis C disease progression has been shown to be faster in Hispanics than in non-Hispanic whites. The fact sheet describes treatment of hepatitis C, which has been found to be as effective in Hispanics as it is in other groups.

HCSP Fact Sheet: Hepatitis E (HEV)

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This information sheet explains hepatitis E virus (HEV), which is mainly transmitted via a fecal-oral route due to contaminated water supplies, but other sources of infection have been identified. The fact sheet discusses transmission, prevention, symptoms, risk factors, and prevalence in the United States.

HCSP Fact Sheet: HCV & Native American Peoples

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This information sheet discusses the prevalence of hepatitis C (HCV) in the Native American population, which is believed to be higher than in the general population. It states that there have been very few research papers on Native Americans and hepatitis C and provides some basic statistics and discusses risk factors. It concludes more studies need to take place to understand the true prevalence in this population.

HCSP Fact Sheet: A Simple Guide to Reading an Abstract

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This information sheet focuses on tips for reading and understanding an abstract, which can be very challenging for most people. It states that there are usually seven pieces to an abstract, then breaks them down and gives hints on how to understand them. It includes a copy of an abstract to illustrate how to go through each section. The fact sheet is geared toward people with hepatitis.

HCSP Fact Sheet: Alcohol and HCV

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This information sheet discusses why it is important to abstain from alcohol after being diagnosed with with hepatitis C virus (HCV), especially for patients undergoing antiviral therapy. It states that patients who drink during HCV treatment are less likely to clear the virus. The fact sheet gives tips to check for alcohol abuse and has a table with information on different types of liquor.

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