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''Hepatitis C Choices'' Published by the Hepatitis C Caring Ambassadors Program.

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OREGON CITY, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 1, 2003

The Hepatitis C Caring Ambassadors Program (HCCAP) proudly announces publication of the updated and revised 2nd edition of "Hepatitis C Choices: Distinctive Viewpoints on Choices for Your Hepatitis C Journey."

The book presents conventional and alternative treatment options for the more than four million Americans currently infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). "Hepatitis C Choices" is the collective effort of a team of leading medical experts and hepatitis C patient advocates, and is the only book of its kind currently available. Readers are presented with treatment choices for the management of chronic hepatitis C using western, ayurvedic, naturopathic, homeopathic, and traditional Chinese medicine. Other important topics such as disease progression, nutrition, laboratory testing, health care consumer information, over-the-counter products, and mind-body interactions are also addressed.

"'Hepatitis C Choices' is the most thoughtfully produced patient education manual around. It covers every aspect of hepatitis C diagnosis, care, and health management. The book presents a fair and comprehensive review of both traditional and complementary therapies. It is a 'must-have' for patients and providers alike," commented Andi Thomas, Executive Director of Hep-C ALERT, Inc. Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne, chronic viral infection in the United States. HCV is also the leading cause for liver transplantation among Americans. Nearly 12,000 people die each year in this country from HCV-related liver disease.

The Hepatitis C Caring Ambassadors Program produced "Hepatitis C Choices" as part of its mission to educate the public and health care community about HCV. HCCAP believes it is vitally important for people with hepatitis C to equip themselves with information about the illness and all available treatment options. Education is essential for people to take charge of their health and make informed choices.

HCCAP is offering printed copies of "Hepatitis C Choices" for $15, the cost of production and shipping. The electronic version of the book is available for download free of charge at the HCCAP Internet site. To order or download the 2nd edition of "Hepatitis C Choices," logon to the HCCAP Internet site at www.hepcchallenge.org or call the toll-free ordering line at 877/828-3464.

For additional information or interviews, contact Lorren Sandt at 877/737-4372.
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