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What is hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver. It can result in serious health issues, including liver failure and death. The virus spreads mainly during blood-to-blood contact.
Who can become infected with hepatitis C?
Anyone can be infected with hepatitis C. People at a particular risk of infection include: Blood transfusion recipients, especially prior to 1990; Intravenous drug users (past or present); People who have had tattoos and body piercings, …
How is hepatitis C diagnosed?
Hepatitis C is diagnosed through blood tests, which measure liver function and detect the presence of antibodies to the hepatitis C virus in the blood.
How is hepatitis C treated?
Hepatitis C can be treated with a combination of several antiviral drugs, commonly pegylated interferon and ribavirin. The success of the treatment is around 50%. In late 2013, two new medications for hepatitis C - sofosbuvir and simeprevir - have been shown in …
Is hepatitis C serious?
Hepatitis C is a serious condition, causing significant liver damage in approximately 15-30% of cases. If this occurs, a liver transplant may be required in order to avoid death.