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HepatitisMain is an organization made up of volunteers with years of experience in the field of hepatitis.  We are always working to provide education and resources for those with viral hepatitis.  We are based in St. Petersburg, Florida.  

HepatitisMain is designed to specifically fit the needs of hepatitis diagnosed individuals living in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. This is made possible by having open lines of communication with local physicians, nurses, health departments, providers of lab results, research institutes and support meeting facilitators.  However, we are committed to helping anyone, anywhere in need of resources and education regarding HCV.

This site provides BASIC information and is easy to navigate.

If you are seeking more detailed information and facts regarding hepatitis, please click on some of our favorite LINKS which have been provided at the top of this page or call the phone number provided on the CONTACT US page and speak to one of our experienced volunteers.  (CONTACT US will drop down when you place your cursor on ABOUT US).

HEPATITISMAIN CAN HELP YOU EXPLORE:

     - treatment options

     - research options

     - dietary issues

     - lifestyle issues

     - support meetings

     - low cost viral loads/labs

    

 

WHAT IS HEPATITIS?

"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver.  The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood and fights infections.  Inflammation of the liver can be caused by a virus, drug use, alcohol use, and dietary issues.  Inflammation can be common in people that have used chemicals in their workplace, home, shop or boat without proper respiratory and skin protection.  Everything a person touches, breathes, ingests or injects is processed by the liver.  So as you can see, the health of this organ is crucial to a maintaining a good quality of life.

 

Hepatitis B Basics


The hepatitis B screening is just the first step.  If it's negative, that's great news.  That means you do not have hepatitis B.  If it's positive, it needs to be followed by a test that directly detects traces of the virus in the blood.  These tests are called viral loads.  In the case of hepatitis B, approximately 80% of people exposed will clear hepatitits B on their own according to the CDC.  They will test positive but find out with a viral load that there is no detectable virus in their blood.  This means that they don't have hepatitis B (just the antibodies).  

The next step after  testing positive for hepatitis B will be to obtain a viral load.  This measures the amount of virus in your blood and is a reference point to be used when seeking treatment or monitoring the liver.  The amount of virus detected does not necessarily indicate the the overall health of one's liver.  Be proactive in your health care and take care of yourself wisely.  There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C so become aware of the risk factors and avoid them.

 

Hepatitis C Basics


The hepatitis C screening test is just the first step.  If it's negative, you're good to go - no hepatitis C virus.  But if it is positive, it needs to be followed by a test that directly detects traces of virus in the blood.  These are called viral loads. Approximately 20% of people who are exposed will clear hepatitis C on their own according to the CDC. They will test positive but find out with a viral load that they don't have hepatitis C (just the antibodies).  The presence of antibodies DOES NOT mean that you can't be reinfected.  At this point it is highly recommended that the individual get vaccinted for hepatitis A and B to avoid future infection.  When a person is diagnosed with hepatitis C it is critical that they get vaccinated for A and B.  One doesn't want to risk getting hepatitis A or B in addition to the hepatitis C they currently have. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C so become aware of the risk factors and avoid them.  A healthcare provider or health department can provide immunizations.  Some health departments offer these immunizations free if a client is diagnosed with hepatitis C.  Be proactive in your health care and take care of yourself wisely.

 


How To Obtain Viral Loads


We have located a lab named BioReference located in Tampa that offers viral loads at a cost of approximately $90.00 for cash paying clients with a lab request from a doctor.  Other labs can be obtained at a reduced price as well.  BioReference is located at 508 S. Habana Ave., #200, Tampa, FL  33609.  Their telephone number is 813-438-8937.  Our clients are  happily reporting that they have been receiving their results in two to three days.  This is a huge savings as viral loads currently cost $500.00- $800.00.


*HepatitisMain is an information source for those seeking help to manage their condition.  

*We at Hepatitismain are not health care professionals.  Please see your health care provider.