Hepatitis C: Overview

What is hepatitis?

In simple terms, the word hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Many things can cause hepatitis, including viruses (hepatitis A , B and C), fatty liver disease and autoimmune and metabolic liver disease.

What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the “Hepatitis C” virus. This infection can be brief or lifelong.

What causes hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is caused by a virus spread through contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person.

Who gets hepatitis C?

People at risk to acquire the virus include infants born to infected mothers, a needle stick from an infected person, sharing needles with an infected person or having unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person. Up to 46,000 children are infected in the United States and approximately 180 million people worldwide have been infected with hepatitis C.

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