Hepatitis C


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The Hepatitis C Diagnosis Information Page is a collaborative project of NeedyMeds and the American Liver Foundation.

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). This virus causes the liver to swell and prevents it from working well. Anyone who has come in direct contact with HCV-infected blood is at risk. Direct contact with HCV-infected blood can occur through injection drug use, unsafe tattoo, or history of receiving blood transfusion or donated organs before 1992, as examples. The diagnosis of HCV can be made with a simple blood test. The majority of people (70%-85%) who come in contact with HCV develop a long-term infection called chronic hepatitis C. Symptoms, when they occur, may include fever, dark urine, joint pain, weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain near the liver. While there is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C, effective medications are available to treat and cure the virus.

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Medications used in the treatment of Hepatitis C

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This page was last updated on 6/13/2023