What is hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a medical condition that affects the liver and brought about by a virus. If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause damage to a liver that is irreversible such as liver failure, cirrhosis and liver cancer.
It is common for patients to be unaware that they have this medical condition. There are also some patients who suffer this disease for a short period and then they are cured of it. This kind of hepatitis C is referred to as acute hepatitis C. But in most cases, those who have this condition suffer from it for a long time and this is referred to as chronic hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C is a serious medical condition, but most patients can still lead busy and active lives despite having this condition.
Hepatitis C explained
The hepatitis C virus causes hepatitis C, and it is spread through contact with the blood of a person who has the hepatitis c virus.
A person can acquire hepatitis c through sharing of needles as well as other equipments utilized for the consumption of forbidden drugs. In the United States, most people get this disease with the use of paraphernalia for illegal drugs.
Those who have had blood transfusion or transplant of organs prior to 1992 is also at risk for hepatitis C. There was no screening for this disease of donated organs and blood before 1992 in the United States.
A person can be infected with this disease if a needle used by a hepatitis c patient was used on him on her. This sometimes happens in third world countries where an injection or needle is used more than once on different patients.
Those who had a tattoo or body piercing might also get this disease if the needle had been infected with the hepatitis c virus. Such can occur when the tattoo artist fails to clean up the equipments properly after each use.