Hepatitis C Information - Hepatitis C Testing
Hepatitis C is a virus that infects the liver. In time, it can lead to permanent liver damage as well as cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. Many people do not know that they have hepatitis C until they already have some liver damage. This can take many years. Some people who get hepatitis C have it for a short time and then get better. This is called acute hepatitis C. But most people who are infected with the virus go on to develop long-term, or chronic, hepatitis C.
What causes Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is a liver disease that is caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus, a virus that lives in your liver cells. You can get hepatitis C if you come into contact with the blood of someone who has hepatitis C.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
Many people with hepatitis C do not know they have it, because they do not have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you may just feel like you have the flu. Symptoms include: Feeling very tired, Mild fever, Headache, Not wanting to eat, Feeling sick to your stomach or vomiting, Belly pain, Diarrhea or constipation, Muscle aches and joint pain, Skin rash, Yellowish eyes and skin (jaundice). Jaundice usually appears only after other symptoms have started to go away.