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WHAT IS IT?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, even death. The majority of infected persons might not be aware of their infection because they are not clinically ill.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Approximately 70%–80% of people with acute Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. Some people, however, can have mild to severe symptoms soon after being infected, including:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Dark Urine
  • Vomiting
  • Joint Pain
  • Jaundice
  • Clay-Colored Bowel

If symptoms occur, the average time is 6–7 weeks after exposure, but this can range from 2 weeks to 6 months.

HOW CAN I PREVENT CONTRACTING THIS DISEASE?

Currently there is no vaccination for Hepatitis C. H