Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV).
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that more than 3 million people in the U.S. have Hepatitis C.
Some people who get Hepatitis C are able to clear it, but most people who get it have it for life. Over time, Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver damage, scarring, liver cancer and even death. In fact, Hepatitis C is the number one cause of liver cancer and the number one cause of liver transplants.
People with Hepatitis C:
However, the longer a person has Hepatitis C, the more likely they will get liver damage. Take control of your health by getting tested today.
You may feel healthy, and still have Hepatitis C. In fact, most people with Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. The small number of people who feel sick may report tiredness, fever, loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting, dark urine, grey- colored stool, joint pain, or yellow skin and eyes.
You can have Hepatitis C and not know it. Since people with Hepatitis C can go for decades without symptoms, many baby boomers have Hepatitis C that they got many years ago.
Hepatitis C can be cured. New and more effective medicines have reduced the time needed for treatment while curing more people than ever before.
However, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for Hepatitis C. Finding the right treatment depends on many different factors, so it is important to see a doctor who is experienced in treating Hepatitis C.