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:

  • Usually feel fine
  • Can live with Hepatitis C for decades without feeling sick
  • Can be cured with medications

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.

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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.

Treatment and Care

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.

More Information about Hepatitis C

What I need to know about Hepatitis C
National Institutes of Health

Hepatitis C Information for the Public
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hep C 123
American Liver Foundation