An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
More than 200,000 cases per year in the United States
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Spreads easily
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging always required
The virus is spread by contact with contaminated blood, for example, from sharing needles or from unsterile tattoo equipment.
Most people have no symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms may have fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
Hepatitis C is treated with antiviral medications. In some people, newer medicines can eradicate the virus.