What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C affects millions of Americans and it is a leading indication for liver transplants. There is no Hepatitis C vaccine.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C:
- loss of appetite
- dark colored urine
- abdominal pain
How is Hepatitis C spread?
Hepatitis C is spread when blood or body fluids from a Hepatitis C infected person enters the body of another person.
A Hepatitis C infected mother can transmit the virus to her baby during childbirth.
How to avoid becoming infected with Hepatitis C:
- Don't use illegal drugs.
- Don't share personal care items such as razors
- If you work in health care or public safety, get
vaccinated against hepatitis B, always follow
routine barrier precautions, and handle needles
and other sharps properly and carefully.
- Avoid getting tattoos and body piercings.
Hepatitis C is a very serious disease. You'll be at serious risk of eventually needing a liver transplant if you become infected. Follow the precautions above and protect yourself and your future. If you believe you might be at risk, consult your doctor right away.
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