Hepatitis C is a virus that could cause inflammation of the liver. In the U.S 3.2 million people have Hepatitis C. The virus typically causes so few symptoms; most of them don't know they have the disease. In some cases it could take years before an individual with Hepatitis C is placed on medication or shows symptoms of the infection. If a person has o STDs the chance of catching or spreading Hepatitis C to a partner is low.
You get the hepatitis C virus from the blood or body fluids of an infected person.
It can be spread by:
- • Sharing drugs and needles
- • Getting stuck by an infected needle
- • Having sex, especially if you have an STD, an HIV infection, several sex partners, or have rough sex.
- • Being stuck by infected needles
- • Through birth from a mother to a child
- • Sharing personal items that may contain blood such an nail clippers, toothbrush or a razor
Hepatitis C is not spread through contaminated food, water or by using eating utensils. The virus can’t spread through kissing or sharing personal items that don’t contain blood or by casual contact.
The majority of individuals with Hepatitis C don’t experience any signs or symptoms of the virus. If liver damage occurs the following symptoms may occur.
Symptoms of hepatitis C include:
- • Jaundice (a condition that causes yellow eyes and skin, as well as dark urine)
- • Stomach pain
- • Loss of appetite
- • Nausea
- • Lethargic
- • Temperature
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