Hepatitis And HIV Treatments Houston, TX
Hepatitis Treatment in Houston
Dr. Sharaf Diwan is an Infectious Disease Specialist with years of experience treating Hepatitis B & C. Under Dr. Diwan’s guidance, our team stays up to date with the latest advancements in technology and treatment techniques. With new improvements in medical care for Hepatitis C and B, we offer more effective treatment and prevention options to patients all over the Houston Area.
We Offer To Patients Diagnosed With Hepatitis B & C
- Compassionate and expert consultation during the first appointment
- Examination to decide the feasibility of treatment
- Specialized care for Hepatitis B and C therapy
- Assistance for mental health wellbeing
Hepatitis C (HCV)
Hepatitis C is an infection that leads to liver inflammation and, in worst cases, causes significant damage to the liver. Hepatitis C is spread by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) transferred through contact with infected blood. The old treatment method for hepatitis C involved weekly injections of the pegylated interferons combined with twice-daily oral doses of ribavirin with painful side effects. In some cases, only interferon was prescribed. The treatment lasted from six to twelve months and was only 40 to 50 percent effective.
With extensive advancements in treatment options for hepatitis C, today, patients only have to take direct-acting antiviral pills every day for two to six months.
Signs And Symptoms of Acute HCV Infection
If you have a recently developed hepatitis C infection, you may show no to mild symptoms, and you may not feel the need to visit your doctor. But if symptoms appear, they can be:
- Change in urine color (turning dark)
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Reduced appetite
- Brownish stool
- Joint soreness
Hepatitis B (HBV)
Hepatitis B caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) affects the liver, and for some, it may turn chronic and last for more than six months. Persistent HBV increases the patients’ risk of liver failure, liver cancer, or permanent liver scarring. Most adult patients of hepatitis B fully heal even with severe signs and symptoms. Children are at an increased risk of developing chronic hepatitis B. It’s possible to prevent HBV through vaccination, but there is no cure. If you or your loved ones are infected, take necessary precautions to help stop the spread of HBV to others. It’s better safe than sorry. Visit our Houston clinic today and get immunization against HBV.
Living well with HIV
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) attacks your body’s immune system, and if left untreated, it can lead to AIDS. There is no cure for HIV, but with new treatment and care options, it’s easier for patients to manage their illness and live a healthy and stress-free life.
Every individual interprets the diagnosis of HIV differently. Many patients have loads of questions about HIV, like what this disease is, how to manage it, how long I can live, and the treatment options. Dr. Diwan can help you find answers and form a management plan that is right for your physical and mental health.
Advance treatments, medicines, and emotional support can help HIV patients lead longer and healthier lives. Knowing more about this chronic disease will enable you to work more effectively with your physician and be in charge of your health.