Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus, which is spread by contact with an infected person’s blood. Over time, hepatitis C can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
Symptoms for hepatitis C often do not develop until the advanced stages of the disease so many people are unaware they are infected. Many people already have liver damage by the time they are diagnosed with hepatitis C.
There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C but there are preventative measures that can be taken. A simple blood test can determine whether or not a person is infected with hepatitis C.
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