Please note that all our locations have resumed regular office hours for clinic visits and procedures while following Santa Clara County Public Health Department's strict guidelines on masking and social distancing. We continue to offer Televisits to patients who prefer not to come to the clinic. If you have any questions, please contact us at 408-347-9001.

San Jose Hepatitis Diagnosis & Treatment

Providing Effective, Compassionate Care for Hepatitis B and C

Are you concerned you could have a liver disease such as hepatitis B or C? At San Jose Gastroenterology, we offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for hepatitis B and C. Our board-certified gastroenterology doctors have extensive experience in testing, treating, and monitoring hepatitis with comprehensive, compassionate care. Our staff of gastroenterology and hepatology experts offer state-of-the-art technology to effectively treat hepatitis.

Contact us at San Jose Gastroenterology at (408) 347-9001 to learn more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 1-time screening blood tests for anyone at risk of contracting hepatitis C. . The largest at-risk group includes those born between 1945 to 1965 (Baby Boomers), as they are 5 times more likely to be infected than those born in other years. Our doctors offer a simple blood test to screen for hepatitis antibodies in the blood. Should we find these antibodies in your blood, further testing can determine if there is an actual virus in your bloodstream.

What Is Hepatitis?

The hepatitis virus causes liver inflammation that spreads from one person to another through contaminated blood or bodily fluids. Different viruses have different modes of transmissions, incubation period and long-term outcomes. The two most common viral hepatitis which can cause chronic liver inflammation leading liver fibrosis and cirrhosis are hepatitis B and and a person may have both hepatitis B and hepatitis C at the same time. In general, both hepatitis B and C attack the liver, an important organ that performs many of the body’s vital functions, from cleansing the blood to fighting infection.

Acute Hepatitis has similar symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Pale or grey stools
  • However, only a small percentage of infected patients have these acute symptoms. Also, patients with advanced liver cirrhosis may have these symptoms.

What Is the Difference Between Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C?

  • The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a chronic viral infection affecting the liver that can lead to advanced liver disease, including cirrhosis (scarring) and cancer. At San Jose Gastroenterology, we offer state-of-the-art treatment to minimize the impact of this disease. There is excellent medical treatment suppressing HBV in preventing the liver from progression to liver cirrhosis and liver failure. The treatment also reduces the risk of liver cancer.
  • Hepatitis C (HCV) is also a chronic viral hepatitis can cause chronic inflammation leading to liver cirrhosis (scarring) and liver cancer. Half of the individuals infected with HCV are not aware of it. A revolution in treatment options has occurred over the past 5 years, now reaching complete cure with well-tolerated short-term oral medication. Our gastroenterologists and hepatologists have the expertise and tools to choose which treatment is ideal for each patient.

Hepatitis Treatment

Cutting-edge medical treatment has enabled physicians to treat hepatitis more effectively than ever before. While the previous treatment used to require weekly injections and oral medications, many patients couldn’t tolerate these because of other health problems they had. Fortunately, chronic HCV can often be cured with oral medications taken daily in as little as 2 to 3 months.

At San Jose Gastroenterology, our goal is to help you discover the treatment options available to you so you can make informed healthcare decisions. For further information about hepatitis screening, diagnosis, and treatment, please contact us today!

Contact us at San Jose Gastroenterology to make an appointmentwith our board-certified gastroenterologists by dialing (408) 347-9001.

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