Nicole Cutler L.Ac.
June 5, 2014
Although the virus itself does not discriminate against gender, these seven differences between men and women with Hepatitis C are worth reviewing.
First discovered as a contagious virus in 1989, Hepatitis C currently infects an estimated four million Americans. While this highly transmissible virus does not discriminate against sexuality, age or race, there are some factors contributing to Hepatitis C’s slightly different impact on men and women.
More people die annually with Hepatitis C than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS; but Hepatitis C education pales in comparison. Increased public health efforts have steadily improved Hepatitis C awareness, but most experts agree we still have a far way to go.
Learning about some of the different issues attributed to Hepatitis C and gender does not change the fact that Hepatitis C is a highly contagious, blood-borne virus. If infected blood makes contact with the blood of someone who is not infected, both men and women are susceptible to chronic Hepatitis C infection – regardless of their gender. However, variations between how the virus impacts the sexes could lend some insight to future treatment, prevention and research efforts.
Seven ways Hepatitis C affects women and men differently are described below:
With an estimated four million Americans living with chronic Hepatitis C, improved public education efforts are in demand. Although blood-to-blood contact poses a Hepatitis C infection risk to anyone, the seven circumstances listed above demonstrate slight differences in how the Hepatitis C virus impacts woman and men.