By: Lisa Podolsky, B.Sc Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University
Imagine taking one grain of shoreline sand and dividing it into 5000 pieces. Now imagine each of those pieces are capable of causing a severe liver infection?? How insane is that???
That little bit of sand grain is actually the Hepatitis C virus which causes an infectious disease mainly in the liver.
In a matter of fact, there are 2 types of infections that may occur: an acute infection and a chronic infection. Acute infection is characterized by a lower appetite, tiredness, nausea, muscle or joint pains, loss of weight, and, rarely acute liver infection, whereas chronic infection is characterized in minimal or no symptoms during the first few decades of infections, however, after a few years damage to the liver as well as liver cancer may occur [1,2].
Ok, so now you’re probably asking yourselves “ how can I become infected with Hepatitis C virus??”
It turns out that transmission is mainly by blood to blood contact. Ways in which you may be exposed to infected blood are, for instance intravenous drug use, or perhaps if you are a health care worker who is exposed to blood transfusions, organ transplants or experienced needle injury .
If you’re thinking of getting a new tattoo or piercing make sure you choose a licensed facility which uses only sterilized equipment .
In addition, the fact that good buddies usually share personal care items such as razors, toothbrushes, and manicuring or pedicuring equipment, which may be contaminated with blood, is very risky, so it’s recommended you avoid sharing them. Mother to newborn child transmission is extremely uncommon and may happen during pregnancy or child delivery .
It is unclear whether Hepatitis C can be transmitted through sexual activity, therefore you should always use a condom !
But then, if there is no vaccination for hepatitis C, is there a treatment??
Well, it turns out that as of not long ago, the treatment was a combination of different medications which do work, however, some combinations cause side effects as well as require extra expenses.
Another new treatment is a single pill taken once a day, however, the overall cost of it may sum up to 84,000$ for a course of treatment!
I can think of so many other things I can do with 84,000$! 
This treatment is expensive to the point, that in the event that you require it, you will have some major difficulty being supported by the insurance agencies, or even governments, for even the Australian Government refuses to subsidize this costly drug .
But, cheer up! This isn’t the only solution! Have you ever heard about natural antiviral remedies? Well, let me tell you one important fact- they work!
To date, there are only two natural antiviral products on the market clinically proved named Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR. These products are designed to help the immune system target the virus in its latent state. And according to the clinical study, their formula decreased symptoms in people infected with the hepatitis C virus .
Furthermore, what’s even more striking is that they are reasonably affordable.
[Both products can be ordered online on the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR websites.]
So nowadays, there is no need to freak out when you hear the words Hepatitis C virus- despite the fact that there is no vaccination, there is a state of the art natural treatment which actually works!
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8. Forbes.com – As Pricey Hepatitis Pill Harvoni Joins Sovaldi, States Erect Medicaid Hurdles. Published October 10, 2014.
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