Hepatitis C is a liver disease that can affect the kidneys.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver, causing it to become inflamed, and not work properly. Over time, if hepatitis C goes untreated, it can lead to kidney disease.
Which statement is true?
Hepatitis C can cause kidney disease. For people who already have kidney disease, hepatitis C can lead to kidney failure faster than for those who do not have hepatitis C.
Those at risk for hepatitis C are:
Some people are more at risk than others for having or getting hepatitis C. Although rare, people who go to centers for dialysis are at risk for hepatitis C. Those born between 1945 and 1965 are also at greater risk for having hepatitis C, as well as people who share needles because hepatitis C is spread through blood.
Most people with hepatitis C do not feel any symptoms.
Since most people do not have symptoms of hepatitis C when they first get it, they usually do not even know they have it. Often people who have hepatitis C can live with it for years without realizing they have it because they feel no symptoms.
If someone has hepatitis C, they are not allowed to have a kidney transplant.
Because there are now medicines that cure hepatitis C that are also safe for people with kidney disease, it is possible to have a kidney transplant. You can be treated for hepatitis C before or after kidney transplant surgery. If you do have hepatitis C, it is possible to receive a donor kidney from a person with hepatitis C, then treat your hepatitis C after the kidney transplant surgery.
How can you find out if you have hepatitis C?
You can get a blood test at your doctor’s office that will show if you have hepatitis C or not.
Can hepatitis C be cured?
Hepatitis C is considered ‘cured’ when tests show there is no hepatitis C virus in your body for at least 24 months. Being cured is possible for more patients than ever before because of new medicines that fight hepatitis C.