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What is Hepatitis C (HCV)?
- Hepatitis C (HCV) is an infection caused by the HCV virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation
- Hepatitis C is considered to be among the most serious of the Hepatitis viruses
- There are two types of Hepatitis C: acute and chronic
What are Hepatitis C (HCV) Symptoms?
- Often asymptomatic (showing no signs)
- Can take HCV up to six months to show up in the blood
How is Hepatitis C (HCV) Transmitted?
- Hepatitis C is spread through contact with contaminated blood
- Spread from sharing needles
- Spread from mother to baby during delivery
- Spread from contact with infected blood through blood transfusions and organ transplants prior to 1992
- Spread through vaginal and anal sex
How do you Test for Hepatitis C (HCV)?
- This test detects the presence of antibodies to the virus
- A simple blood sample is needed to test for Hepatitis C
What are the Complications of Hepatitis C (HCV)?
- Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications caused by Hepatitis C
- Serious health complications can occur if the chronic infection is left untreated
How is Hepatitis C (HCV) Treated?
- Sometimes Curable
- 15% – 45% of those infected are able to clear the virus from their blood within 6 months from the time of infection
- If not curable, treatable with medication
How Common is Hepatitis C (HCV)?
- Estimated 30,000 new HCV infections each year in the U.S.
- Over four million Americans have been infected with HCV, of which 2.7 million cases are chronic