WHAT IS Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, and can lead to serious liver damage. The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) spreads through contaminated blood.
Every chronic Hepatitis C infection starts with an acute phase. Acute Hepatitis C is harder to diagnose because it rarely causes symptoms. When signs and symptoms are present, they may include jaundice, along with fatigue, nausea, fever, and muscle aches. Acute symptoms appear one to three months after exposure to the virus and can last anywhere between two weeks to three months.
Acute Hepatitis C infections don't always become chronic. Some people clear HCV from their bodies after the acute phase. However, almost half of the people infected with HCV don't even know they're infected, so it is important to get tested to prevent the spread of this disease.
Chronic Hepatitis C is usually a silent infection for many years, until the virus damages the liver enough to cause the signs/symptoms of liver disease which include the following:
- Bleeding easily
- Bruising easily
- Poor appetite
- Dark-colored urine
- Itchy skin
- Fluid buildup in your abdomen
- Swelling in your legs
- Weight loss
- Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech
- Spider-like blood vessels on your skin
eStudySite engages in investigative clinical trials of medications treating Hepatitis C. Qualified subjects participating in a trial receive study-related medical evaluations and the investigative study medication at no cost, and may be eligible to receive financial compensation for time and travel cost.
If you suffer from Hepatitis C and would like to learn more, or volunteer for a study, please fill out the form to the right, or call us at 619-704-2750.
If you know someone suffering from Hepatitis C who may want to learn more or volunteer, you can let us know by clicking the button below.
*We are not currently enrolling for this study, but we may be in the future. Please let us know if you would like us to keep you in mind and reach back out to you when this study is live.