Hepatitis C (HCV) is a virus that is passed from one person to another through blood. About 15% of people infected with Hep C clear the virus on their own during the first 6 months of infection. If the virus is cleared, the individual is considered to be Hep C negative and can not pass on Hep C to others.

Most infections do become chronic, or long-term. Over time, chronic infection can cause the liver tissue to become scarred and eventually lead to serious liver damage or cirrhosis which can cause the liver to shut down. There is a high risk for liver cancer when infected with Hepatitis C.

There is no vaccine against hepatitis C, and you are never immune. The only prevention is to avoid coming into contact with another person’s blood.

The good news is there is medical treatment for Hepatitis C which can sometimes lead to a cure!

If you have Hepatitis C is important to go to regular appointments with a liver medical specialist, avoid alcohol which can further damage the liver, and ensure your household members and intimate partners are protected by not coming into contact with your blood. Do not share needles, drug use equipement or personal care items that may have blood on them.

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