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Vista Community Clinic (VCC) -Hep-C Treatment is Close to Home

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Vista, CA – In honor of Hepatitis Awareness Month, Vista Community Clinic (VCC) wants to help educate the public about the Hepatitis C infection. Better known as “Hep-C” for short, millions of people around the world are affected by Hep-C, a viral infection affecting the liver. If left untreated, Hep-C can lead to serious liver damage. Understanding the risks, symptoms, and treatment options is vital to leading the healthiest life possible.

It is possible to be asymptomatic in the early stages of the infection, meaning you may not feel sick at all while being infected, making early detection crucial for the best outcomes. Accurate detection can only be done with a medical professional, and VCC has special programs to help you. Keeping your annual check-up visits and speaking with your clinician about your health is always the best method to protect yourself. Patients that have specific risk factors are encouraged to inform their clinician as early as possible. These risk factors include a history of injection drug use, receiving blood transfusions before 1992, individuals living with HIV, or being born to a mother with Hep-C. Symptoms of infection also include fatigue, jaundice, dark urine, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and nausea. As some of these symptoms may be indicative of other conditions, it is important to seek medical care to determine the cause of anything you are experiencing.

VCC provides specialized care to individuals affected by Hep-C, through its dedicated “Liver Clinic” at select locations, with one in Vista and one in Oceanside. Treatment here provides patients with a comprehensive program that it tailored to their unique needs. The healthcare center is also proud to share their successes, with a remarkable 97% cure rate, highlighting their commitment to excellence in patient care.

Today’s technology can help reduce the progression and the risk of complications in those with Hep-C. Community members and patients can prioritize their health by seeking screening and testing.

For more information about VCC’s Hep-C program and services, call or text (760) 631-5000. In addition to Hep-C care, VCC offers a range of services to support overall health and wellness. Visit www.vcc.org to learn more.

About Vista Community Clinic … With twelve state-of-the-art locations in North San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties, VCC provides affordable, high quality health care to more than 70,000 community residents. Services offered by VCC include primary care, pediatrics, prenatal and women’s health, optometry, chiropractic care, dental health, podiatry, acupuncture and behavioral health services. VCC also offers a wide array of community health education programs which are free and open to all community residents. VCC is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home at eight of its clinic sites and within its behavioral health department, and is the recipient of the HRSA National Quality Leader Seal for exceeding national clinical quality benchmarks. For more information call 760.631.5000 or visit www.vcc.org.

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