Viral Hepatitis Awareness

Hepatitis and Liver Disease Care at University of Michigan

Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver; however, most people who have the diseaes are not aware of it as there are few symptoms. Hepatitis is most commonly caused by viruses, but drugs, alcohol, and fat can also cause hepatitis. There are different types of viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C—the most common types—and hepatitis D and E, which are rare in the U.S.

Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer as well as the number one reason for liver transplantation.

A few facts about Hepatitis C:

  • 3 out of every 4 people with Hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965
  • If left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause liver damage and liver failure
  • 75% of people living with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected
  • Many can live with Hepatitis C for decades with no symptoms
  • Successful treatment can eliminate the virus from your body

About the U-M Viral Hepatitis Program

At the Viral Hepatitis Program, part of the University of Michigan’s Hepatology Program, we provide the latest diagnostic and treatment options to our patients.  Learn more about treatment options and how U-M investigators were the first in the world to publish results of a study showing that a combination of oral drugs only can lead to a “cure” for Hepatitis C.

Watch a video about one patient's experience with Hepatitis C:

Contact Us

For more information about Hepatitis C, visit our Viral Hepatitis page. To make an appointment to discuss concerns about or treatment for hepatitis, call our Viral Hepatology program at toll-free 844-233-0433.