What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). About 75% of people exposed to the hepatitis C virus will develop a chronic infection.

Causes of Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is passed through contact with contaminated blood. People who have received a blood transfusion, have used injection recreational drugs, or are partners of someone with chronic hepatitis C should be screened for chronic hepatitis C with a simple blood test. Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced the recommendation that everyone born between 1945-1965 (“Baby Boomers”) be tested for hepatitis C.

Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Most people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have no symptoms. In fact, most people do not know they have the hepatitis C infection until liver damage shows up, decades later, during routine medical tests.

Hepatitis C Treatment

Treatment for chronic hepatitis C involves taking medications which can eliminate the virus in up to 70-80% of cases. No vaccine exists for hepatitis C.

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