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Hepatitis C is a viral disease characterized by inflammation of the liver. The illness can be acute or chronic; most people infected by virus have the chronic version in which the body is unable to get rid of the virus completely, and they end up having long-term liver infection. Many people with hepatitis C have no symptoms, even after many years.
In order to make a hepatitis C diagnosis, your healthcare provider will need information on your symptoms and medical history. In addition, you may be given a physical exam and may need to undergo certain tests.
Transmission occurs most frequently when a person comes in contact with infected blood. For example, this can happen by working in a dialysis unit or sharing needles for tattoos, body piercings, or drugs.
(For more information on this condition, including more details on symptoms, causes, and treatment options, click Hepatitis C.)
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