Hepatitis C Basics
Hepatitis C is a virus that is carried in the blood and infects the liver. This causes inflammation and scarring of the liver. Hep C is particularly strong and often resists your body’s defenses but treatment is available to help your body fight the virus.
Hep C targets your liver. The liver has many essential functions:
YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LIVER!
How is Hepatitis C transmitted?
BLOOD TO BLOOD CONTACT ONLY
HIGH RISK Activities
Hep C virus can live from 16 hours to 4 days outside of the body and in the air. It can also live up to 9 weeks in a needle. Bleach has not been proven to kill it.
Signs & Symptoms
Many people don’t have symptoms for years.
As the disease progresses, an infected person might start to feel symptoms like:
Across Canada 1 in 5 people have Hepatitis C and do not know it.
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There are six different strains, or types, of Hep C, called genotypes. Knowing the genotype of your virus is important because some genotypes react better to some treatments than to others. It is possible to become infected with more than one genotype after multiple exposures to Hep C. This can make treatment more difficult.
The best treatment for Hep C is: