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Hepatitis C: What You Need To Know

Essential information about Hepatitis C

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
  • jaundice 
  • fatigue 
  • dark colored urine 
  • abdominal pain 
  • nausea 

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 
    and toothbrushes.
  • 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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