What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. About 3.9 million people in the U.S. have the disease. But it causes few symptoms, so most of them don’t know.

There are many forms of the hepatitis C virus, or HCV. The most common in the U.S. is type 1. None is more serious than any other, but they respond differently to treatment.

The illness affects people in different ways and has several stages

Hepatitis C Risk Factors

More than 3 million Americans have a long-term infection from the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Anyone who has this disease can give it to someone else through blood and other bodily fluids.

Once you’ve learned what situations make you likely to catch it, though, you can take steps to protect yourself or get diagnosed and treated.

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