Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 13, 2018
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. Because HCV infection usually produces no symptoms or very mild symptoms during the early stages, many people don’t know they have it until liver damage shows up – sometimes decades later – during routine medical tests. 
Some people who get HCV have it for up to six months and then get better on their own, but 75% – 85% will go on to develop chronic HCV.
 
 
Many people with HCV have no symptoms, but it could lead to jaundice, stomach pain, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue or, on a more serious level, liver cancer and cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver.
 
 
Hepatologist Dr. Edward Lam talks about how he became a physician and then liver specialist. He says HCV is one of the top reasons people get liver transplants. He advises getting a blood test to see if you have the hepatitis C virus.
 
Dr. Edward Lam
photos by Mel Baly
Dr. Lam thanked by President Ulf Ottho and Bridget Jacob