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What is Hepatitis C?

Description of the disease:

Hepatitis C is an infectious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It can progress into a chronic form and become a cause of cirrhosis or liver cancer.


  • Hepatitis C is classified into genotypes (1-6) and subtypes.


  • Fatigue, general malaise, pain or discomfort in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice.


It is transmitted through blood, for example, through the use of infected needles, contact with infected blood, or blood transfusions.


Diagnostic tests for hepatitis C include blood tests to detect antibodies to the virus, as well as the presence of viral RNA.


Treatment of hepatitis C includes antiviral medications that help to eradicate the virus and prevent the development of complications.


  • Avoid contact with infected blood, use personal hygiene items, and consult a doctor for preventive measures and vaccination.


Hepatitis C treatment is provided by a gastroenterologist or an infectious disease specialist.

Note: This material is provided solely for informational purposes and is not medical advice.