What Is Hepatitis C and What Causes It?

Hepatitis (HEP-uh-TYE-tis) is a liver disease that causes inflammation or swelling of the liver. It may be caused by many things—including several types of viruses such as hepatitis A, B, and C. Other causes can be heavy alcohol drinking and taking certain medicines. Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is a common form of hepatitis.

Chronic hepatitis C is more common than you think. In fact, it’s the most common chronic viral infection that can be spread by blood in the United States.

  • About 3.5 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C

Did you know?

There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

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