Initial symptoms of hepatitis C are mild. They include fatigue, sore muscles, abdominal pain, and sometimes dark urine. Hepatitis C is diagnosed with blood tests, but the disease usually goes unnoticed until years later after liver damage develops.
Hepatitis C is spread through sharing needles, being exposed to infected blood, or, very rarely, having unprotected sex with an infected partner.
Treatment for hepatitis C includes antiviral medicines and supportive therapy. A liver transplant sometimes is needed.
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