Unlike other infections and diseases, there is no vaccine against Hepatitis C that can protect a person. Hepatitis C is a condition that can lead to liver damage. A person with Hepatitis C has 75% chance of developing a liver disease.
Things to do to Potentially Reduce Risk of Hepatitis C Infection
- Beware when having a blood transfusion. Hepatitis C can be transmitted through infected blood. If you get a blood transfusion and the blood that was given to you is from a person with Hepatitis C infection, then you are done.
- Beware when having unprotected safe. If you have an active sex life, make it a habit to have a protected one. Bring condom all the time. Hepatitis C can be transmitted if you will have sex with an infected person.
- Beware when using other people’s things. Using other people’s belongings can increase the risk of having Hepatitis C especially personal belongings. Using personal things like razor or nail cutter (that can cause cut and blood remains) can lead to infection.
- Beware if you are getting a tattoo or acupuncture. Make sure that you are dealing with someone professional whose equipment is sterilized and new.
Things to do to Potentially Reduce Risk of Infecting others
If you have Hepatitis C, do not spread it by doing the following things:
- Avoid joining bloodletting drives
- Avoid donating tissue or organ to other people
- Avoid sharing your personal things with other
- Inform your family especially those who are living with you under one roof
- Inform your doctor immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible
Research and Hepatitis C Vaccine
There is a current clinical trial going on that aims to protect people from Hepatitis C infection. The study involving 60 people are now testing a modified hepatitis C protein derived from hepatitis B core antigen. The researchers believe that this modified protein can protect humans from getting Hepatitis C infection. The research is still looking for positive results as of the moment.
Another effort to find Hepatitis C vaccine is being conducted by SynCon. The study of SynCon evolves around the response of T-cell in the blood and in the liver when exposed to Hepatitis C virus.
Challenges in developing Hepatitis C vaccine
According to researchers, developing Hepatitis C vaccine is very challenging because of the different and many variables of the Hepatitis C virus. As of the moment, there are 6 genotypes of the virus with different subtypes under each genotype totaling to more than 50 subtypes so far.
Although there are few studies trying to work on developing Hepatitis C vaccination, the study itself is being slowed down during clinical trial phases. One of the reasons is the challenges in recruiting people who will become a lab rats. Who would get injected with Hepatitis C virus right just so we can tell if a certain vaccine will work or not? Me - not for a hundred dollars!