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Hepatitis C Clinical Research

Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver with a variety of symptoms that can be managed with proper medical treatment. Unfortunately, a comprehensive cure for this disease has not yet been discovered.hepatitis written out in blue marker

However, researchers continue to learn more about hepatitis C every year through clinical studies. Clinical research can lead to the development of new treatments and better diagnostic capabilities. This is why we are happy to be conducting hepatitis C clinical trials at our clinic in Port Orange, FL.

Interested in learning more about hepatitis C clinical research?

Fill out the form on the right hand side of the page to find out if you qualify for one of our upcoming hepatitis C clinical trials →

Once you have filled out the form, a member of our staff will contact you about our active studies and your eligibility for enrollment. You are also welcome to call us at (386) 760-7272, to speak with one of our experts about upcoming hep C clinical trials in Port Orange.

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that afflicts the liver. It can often lead to serious liver damage including liver failure, cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. It is commonly referred to as an invisible disease because many people do not know they have hep C until serious liver damage has occurred.

Hepatitis C can occur in two ways. The first is acute hepatitis C. Acute hepatitis C occurs when you first contract the virus. It usually presents as a mild illness within the first 6 months of becoming infected. For some the hepatitis C virus will not advance beyond acute hepatitis C. However, for most, acute hepatitis C turns into chronic hepatitis C.

Chronic hepatitis C occurs when the the infection persists within your body for a long period of time. When hepatitis C becomes chronic it can be a lifelong illness. When hepatitis C becomes chronic, it has the potential to lead to fatal liver problems.

What Causes the Spread of Hepatitis C?

The spread of hepatitis C from person to person is caused by coming into contact with blood or fluids contaminated with the virus. This is why hepatitis C is considered a blood-borne virus. The transmission of the virus can occur in a number of ways and certain factors put you at greater risk for infection.

Clinical studies of hepatitis C have shown that the virus can also be carried in the saliva or semen of an infected person. It is important to note that the virus needs to come into direct contact with the bloodstream or a mucous membrane in order for infection to occur.

Some factors that can increase your risk for contracting hepatitis C are:

  • Reusing and sharing needles and drugs
  • Engaging in sexual activities with an infected individual
  • Babies born to mothers infected with the virus
  • Accidental contact with the contaminated blood through shared personal or hygiene care items
  • Being infected with HIV
  • Blood transfusions or organ transplants performed before 1992
  • Spending extended time in prison
  • Exposure to infected blood as a health care worker

Fortunately, the hepatitis C virus cannot be spread through non-fluid contact.

The Signs and Symptoms of Hepatitis C

The problem with hepatitis C and the reason why many people do not realize they are infected is that the disease does not usually show any signs or symptoms, until significant liver damage has occurred.

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis C to look out for are:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • You bruise easily
  • Itchy or irritated skin
  • Jaundice: a yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Your lower limbs begin to swell
  • Urine is discolored
  • You bleed easily
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Nausea

Although symptoms typically only begin to show in people who have chronic hepatitis C and have been living with it for an extended period of time, some symptoms can show in people with acute hepatitis C. These early warning signs of a hepatitis C infection usually show up one to three months after you have contracted the virus and include fever, muscle soreness, nausea and fatigue.

Hep C Clinical Research Studies in Port Orange, FL

Over the next few years, Accord Clinical Research will be conducting several clinical studies on hepatitis C. Our hope is to gain a better of understanding of the hepatitis C virus and how to treat it.

You could be eligible to take part in one of our upcoming hepatitis C clinical trials and aid in the development of a new drug or therapy for this condition. Health insurance is not required to participate and all medical care is provided free of charge.

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If this is your first time participating in a clinical trial, please take a moment to thoroughly review our patient resource section – available here.

If you have any other questions, please give us a call at (386) 760-7272 and one of our experts will find the study best suited for you.

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