Hepatitis C Overview
Hepatitis is a general term that means inflammation of the liver. This inflammation can be caused by contagious diseases such as viral infections. Hepatitis can also be caused by exposure to alcohol, certain medications, chemicals, poisons, and other toxins, or by other diseases. hepatitis C (HCV) is one of the many viruses that can cause inflammation of the liver.
Inflammation of the liver caused by infection with HCV is referred to as hepatitis C.
More than 3 million people in the United States have antibodies to HCV, meaning they have been infected with the virus at some point. As many as half of these people do not know they have the infection.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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