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Talking 'Bout Their Generation

Youth to Youth

Bargaining Power

Growing Up in Public

Liver Worst

Family Tree

Blood Lines

S.O.S.

To the Editor

And on the 7th Day...

In the Sack

Vertex Vortex

Pump and Grind

Baby Gap

You Can’t Touch This

Aloe Can You Go?

Death by Bureaucracy

Bubonic Tonic

Say What

Say What

All Apologies

Plenty of Nothing

Rough Cuts

POZ Picks

Spin and Needles

No Miss Manners

HIV Confidential

Making a Scene

Obits

Presidential Nemesis

Are the Kids Alright?

Kid Gloves

Prime-Time Lives

Don’t Make Me Over

Confessions of a Jerk

Life Lessons

Quality Time

Valuable Kitchen Tool

Better Safe Than Sushi

The Heart of the Matter

To C or Not to C

The Circle Game

Youth on Drugs

Uncertain-teens

Making the Grade

Finger on the Pulses

Fountain of Youth

Where to find it

Reality Check

Leftovers



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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September 1998

Family Tree

by Bob Roehr

Hep C's siblings

Hepatitis C is just one of a family of viruses that cause liver inflammation. (There are also noninfectious causes of hepatitis, including advanced alcoholism and use of certain street drugs and medications.) As science has become more sophisticated, we have learned more about the still-growing number of viruses that cause variations of the disease. Each virus has its own pattern of transmission, disease progression and medical intervention -- but generally similar symptoms. Here are hep C's siblings:

Hepatitis A: Passed through improper sanitation and food handling, and sex. Symptoms range from barely noticeable to severe, requiring hospitalization. Ninety-eight percent recover with no therapy other than rest. Vaccine is available and strongly recommended for people also infected with hep C.

Hepatitis B: Transmitted sexually and through blood products. A significant proportion of people with HIV has active HBV infection or has recovered from it. Alpha interferon is approved therapy; 3TC and possibly other anti-HIV medications appear to have a favorable impact. Preventive vaccination is highly recommended for those at risk.

Hepatitis D: Aggressive but not widespread; can only replicate in the presence of HBV and appears to be transmitted the same ways.

Hepatitis E: Similar to HAV in transmission and symptoms. Most recover with rest and no therapy (except for pregnant women, in whom infection may become severe).

Hepatitis G: The current catch-all for virus that does not appear to be particularly serious.




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