Hepatitis C

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Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by a virus. The virus is spread by contact with an infected person’s blood. People at greatest risk are those who share drug needles, have multiple sex partners and didn’t use condoms, have been on kidney dialysis, received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992, and health care workers who have contact with blood. Symptoms may include feeling tired, nausea, fever, diarrhea, lack of appetite, yellow skin or eyes. There is no vaccine so avoiding contact with blood from other people is an important prevention measure. Several drugs are used in the treatment of hepatitis C.

 

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Last Reviewed: 12/4/2017