Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with HCV enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with HCV by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.
Hepatitis C can be either "acute" or "chronic." Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to HCV. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, or even death.
There are several strains (types) of hepatitis C found in the United States which are known as genotypes. Different medications have been shown to be effective in decreasing the amount of HCV in the blood, which can help to reduce liver damage from HCV.
About one quarter of HIV-infected persons in the United States are also infected with HCV. HCV is one of the most important causes of chronic liver disease in the United States and HCV infection progresses more rapidly to liver damage in HIV-infected persons. HCV infection may also impact the course and management of HIV infection.
The UCLA CARE Center is conducting research studies for participants either mono-infected only with HCV or co-infected with HCV and HIV. These studies test to see if new drugs are helpful in reducing the amount of HCV in the blood, as well as to see how much medicine is needed to be most effective in reducing HCV.
A5360 (MINMON) - This study is trying to find out if minimal, or fewer, tests during treatment for Hepatitis C have the same efficacy as current standard monitoring tests.
For more information about the UCLA CARE Center and our research on HCV and HIV/HCV, or to find out if you qualify for any of our studies, please contact us:
Phone: (310) 557-9062