Get the facts about Hepatitis C.
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What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. Today, most people become infected with the hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who acquired hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic hepatitis C is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems, even death. The majority of people living with hepatitis C might not be aware of their infection because they do not have symptoms of being ill. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. The best way to prevent hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injecting drugs.
General and special interests
- Hepatitis C Infection - General Information (multiple languages)
- Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public
- Hepatitis A, B, and C Summary Table (PDF)
- Hepatitis C in Wisconsin: Increase Among Young People Who Inject Drugs, P-02322 (PDF)
- American Liver Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Division of Viral Hepatitis
- Immunization Action Coalition