As a center of excellence, St. Hope Foundation has medical experts fully competent in treating Hepatitis B & Hepatitis. Under the direction of Dr. James Sims, MD, AAHIVS, Chief Medical Director, internal medicine and infectious disease physicians, the medical team stays abreast of the latest advancements in medical treatment. With the new treatment developments for Hepatitis C and B, it has afforded patients more effective options to treat and clear or control these viruses.
What We Offer Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B Diagnosed Patients
- Thoughtful and expert consultation during your initial visit
- Evaluation to determine if treatment is appropriate
- Assignment to a specialized Care Team for Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B Treatment
- Onsite Specialty Pharmacy (all medications)
- Case Manager assignment to help enroll you in Patient Assistance Programs
- Mental Health Counseling services
“Hepatitis C (HCV) Overview”
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) spreads through contaminated blood. Until recently, hepatitis C treatment required weekly injections that often had unacceptable side effects. Today, chronic HCV is usually curable with oral medications taken every day for two to six months. Still, about half of people with HCV don’t know they’re infected, mainly because they have no symptoms, which can take decades to appear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a one-time screening blood test for everyone at increased risk of the infection. The largest group at risk includes everyone born between 1945 and 1965 — a population five times more likely to be infected than those born in other years.
“Hepatitis B (HBV) Overview”
Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). For some people, hepatitis B infection becomes chronic, meaning it lasts more than six months. Having chronic hepatitis B increases your risk of developing liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis — a condition that causes permanent scarring of the liver. Most people infected with hepatitis B as adults recover fully, even if their signs and symptoms are severe. Infants and children are more likely to develop a chronic hepatitis B infection. A vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, but there’s no cure if you have it. If you’re infected, taking certain precautions can help prevent spreading HBV to others.
St. Hope On The Radio
On Saturday October 18, 2014 St. Hope Foundation’s Dr. Stanley Lewis and Physician Assistant Brenda Steward spoke about the growth of SHF Health Centers and the new Hepatitis C Treatment center this morning on KTSU 90.9fm’s Saturday morning Public Affairs radio show “A Closer Look.”
Virginia's Story: Living With Hep C
Virginia, St. Hope Foundation patient, talks about living with Hep C and her experience at St. Hope.
Hepatitis C Resources
CDC - Hepatitis C - http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm
Hepatitis Risk Assessment - http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/riskassessment/?s_cid=bb-dvh-hra_002
HCV Advocate - http://www.hcvadvocate.org/
Hepatitis C – Who Should Be Treated? - http://www.hivandhepatitis.com/hcv-treatment/hcv-treatment-guidelines/4801-new-aasldidsa-guidelines-who-should-be-treated-for-hepatitis-c-and-when
Patients with chronic medical conditions have the opportunity to learn a great deal about their conditions from the internet. SHF does not specifically endorse these websites. Rather, we believe the information provided will be useful, but please remember to consult your physician prior to making any significant change in your treatment regimen.