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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is one type of hepatitis caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV usually spreads through contact with infected blood. HCV can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.

Most individuals infected with hepatitis C do not have any symptoms for years. A blood test can determine if an individual has HCV. Hepatitis C does not usually get better by itself. The infection can last a lifetime and may lead to scarring of the liver or liver cancer. Hepatitis C is now curable. The medications can cause a small number of side effects if any.

There is no vaccine for HCV.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

For additional information, please click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hepatitis-c/DS00097

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