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Table 1 Descriptions of hepatitis C health states and treatment side effects.

From: Physicians' preference values for hepatitis C health states and antiviral therapy: A survey

  Hepatitis C with No Symptoms, No Cirrhosis
Health State 1
  No physical symptoms
  May transmit to sexual partner
  May develop cirrhosis
Health State 2
  Hepatitis C with Mild Symptoms, No Cirrhosis
  Sometimes do not feel rested
  Tire more easily than usual
  May transmit to sexual partner
  May develop cirrhosis
Health State 3
  Hepatitis C with Moderate Symptoms,
  No Cirrhosis
  Frequently do not feel rested
  Tire easily
  Limited in physical activities
  May transmit to sexual partner
  May develop cirrhosis
Health State 4
  Hepatitis C with Mild Symptoms, Cirrhosis
  Sometimes do not feel rested
  Tire more easily than usual
  May transmit to sexual partner
  Have cirrhosis
  May get liver cancer
  May get liver failure
Health State 5
  Hepatitis C with Severe Symptoms, Cirrhosis
  Sleep is disturbed
  Usually feel tired
  Limited in physical activities including work
  Little interest in sex
  Have cirrhosis
  May get liver cancer
  May need liver transplant
Treatment Side Effects
  Side Effects of Treatment for Hepatitis C
  Needle sticks three times a week
  Pills twice daily
  Flu-like symptoms
  Fever, chills, nausea, headache, poor
   appetite
  Tend to improve after the first 2 weeks
  Tiredness, difficulty sleeping, irritability,
   difficulty concentrating
  Chance of other non-life threatening
   medical problems that go away after
   treatment is completed such as low blood
   count, hair loss, and depression