About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a disease that affects the liver and is caused by the hep C virus. Hep C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the hep C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Hep C generally progresses slowly, over the course of 10 to 40 years. It attacks and damages the liver, killing liver cells in the process. As a result, scar tissue forms, a process called fibrosis. For about 10 to 20 percent of people infected, Hep C can eventually lead to scarring of the liver (also called cirrhosis). Although some people will experience symptoms, about 80 percent of people with acute Hep C do not have any symptoms.
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About Hepatology Society of the Philippines
The Hepatology Society of the Philippines is a non-governmental organization committed to:
•Provide and promote comprehensive information to the public and to the medical community.
•Promote research to advance the field of hepatology to provide relevant care to patients.
•Collaborate with the government in formulating in liver related health policies
•Share information, services and expertise with the global community towards the prevention and treatment of liver diseases
It is the only liver society recognized by the Philippine Medical Association, Philippine College of Physicians, Philippine Society of Gastroenterology and Philippine Society of Digestive Endoscopy. For further information, visit www.hsp.org.ph