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Hepatitis C Virus

About hepatitis C

In this section, you or a loved one can find out more hepatitis C, as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.

What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver – an infectious health condition caused by several types of hepatitis viruses. If a hepatitis C infection isn’t cleared by the immune system within months after acquiring it, it becomes ‘chronic’, causing inflammation and scarring/cirrhosis. This makes it harder for the liver to do its job – fighting infection, aiding digestion and filtering toxins from the blood.

Over time, people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) can become very sick and some may eventually need a liver transplant.

However, most people with chronic hepatitis C live very long periods with few to no symptoms. In fact, often only routine medical tests show liver damage – sometimes decades after the initial hepatitis C infection.

For more information, please visit Hepatitis Australia http://www.hepatitisaustralia.com/  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

Disclaimer

Please note that the information on this website is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment from a healthcare professional. Speak to a healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health, medical condition, symptoms or treatment options.

References

American Liver Foundation

http://hepc.liverfoundation.org/ (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

Hepatitis C Association

http://hepcassoc.org/ (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

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