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Keeping Yourself Healthy when you have Hepatitis C

  • Monitor the state of your liver at least once a year to determine if the disease is progressing and if cirrhosis or liver cancer is developing.
  • Review all medications with your physician. Some over-the-counter and alternative medicines can harm the liver.
  • Have periodic ultrasound and alpha-fetoprotein blood tests for liver cancer.
  • If pregnant, be sure to tell your physician you are a hepatitis B carrier so your baby will receive hepatitis  B vaccine and immune globulin at  birth.
  • On routine visits, remind your doctor, dentist, and other healthcare providers that you are a hepatitis carrier.
  • Stay informed about research developments regarding treatments so you are able to make the best decisions. Research is ongoing to improve the treatmentforchronic hepatitis C (HCV) and hepatitis B (HBV) infections and develop a vaccine for HCV.

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