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Hepatitis C & injection drug use
  • Published Date:
    February 2015
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Description:
    What is Hepatitis C? -- What are the symptoms? -- Should I get tested? -- How is Hepatitis C spread among people who inject drugs? -- Are there other ways Hepatitis C can spread? -- Can Hepatitis C be prevented? -- Cleaning equipment does not kill the Hepatitis C virus. -- Can Hepatitis C be treated? -- Can someone get re-infected with Hepatitis C? -- Does injecting put you at risk for other types of hepatitis?

    Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus. About 80% of people who get infected develop a chronic, or lifelong, infection. Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver damage, liver failure, and even liver cancer. However, some people get only a short term, or acute, infection and are able to clear the virus without treatment. If someone clears the virus, this usually happens within 6 months after first infected.

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