Dr Karen Bartley: Hepatitis Facts

Apr 25, 2019

Dr Karen Bartley: Hepatitis Facts

by | Apr 25, 2019

Dr. Karen Bartley being interviewed on WCTV in Tallahassee

To view the video, click HERE

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It may be caused by drugs, alcohol use, or certain medical conditions. But in most cases, it’s caused by a virus. This is known as viral hepatitis, and the most common forms are hepatitis A, B, and C. 

Hepatitis C infects the liver and can become a chronic lifelong infection that puts the liver at risk for serious damage. Hepatitis C is currently the most common reason for liver transplants here in the United States.

How does one get screened for Hepatitis C?

It is a simple blood test.

What is the treatment?

The good news is that this is a curable disease. The treatment is a once a day pill for 8-12 weeks with few side effects.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that all adults born between the years 1945-1965 receive testing once and younger at risk populations should be tested yearly.  We commonly call this age group the Baby Boomers.

So do not be scared; talk to your provider, get tested and get cured.

To learn more about Dr. Bartley or to set up an appointment, contact North Florida Medical Centers’ location in Panacea, Wakulla Medical Center.

Wakulla Medical Center

(850) 984-4735

1328 Coastal Hwy, Panacea