- Significant changes with HCV treatment since original publication The fifth-year anniversary of the book ushers in a new phase of treatment and information, including protease inhibitors, (which have been so successful in treating HIV), split-liver transplants, and prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines for HCV. Bruce and Montanarelli also offer updated information on medications that are toxic to the liver; Eastern and Western approaches to healing; nutrition guides; the types of hepatitis that have been identified and what is known; living with coinfection (HCV and HIV, HBV, and HAV); as well as completely revised resources, including new organizations. - Alarming statistics: Hepatitis C is the most common bloodborne virus. It has infected 300 million people worldwide (4.1 million in the United States) and kills, 8,000 to 10,000 Americans each year. About 26,00. people in the United States are infected yearly; Chronic hepatitis C is the number one cause of liver transplants. - Key lifestyle issues: Both Bruce and Montanarelli were diagnosed at a young age; the book offers emotional support for newly diagnosed patients, helps them navigate and overcome insurance obstacles, as well as providing suggestions for making necessary changes in diet, exercise, drinking habits, drug use, dating, and sex life. Bruce and Montanatrelli also debunk common myths (such as the misconception. that HCV is commonly transmitted through sex) and offer ideas for coping with depression, fatigue, and the side effects of medications. - Includes essential information to prevent increasingly severe liver problems: Hepatitis C is a leading cause of chronic liver disease and liver transplants; thebook provides key suggestions for maintaining liver health, including dietary concerns and medications to avoid.Bruce, Cara is the author of 'First Year:Hepatitis C An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed', published 2007 under ISBN 9781600940286 and ISBN 1600940285.