What is Hepatitis-C? It is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
More than 200,000 US cases per year
- 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.