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Hepatitis C

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is primarily a bloodborne virus that can cause damage to the liver. It was previously referred to as hepatitis non-A non-B (meaning that tests showed that it was neither hepatitis A nor B.)

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis means inflammation (or swelling) of the liver. If the inflammation is caused by a virus, it is called viral hepatitis. Different hepatitis viruses have been given different names, such as A, B, and C. A hepatitis virus is one that lives in liver cells. When the liver is inflamed, it can have a harder time doing some of its jobs.

What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a disease that affects the liver. It is caused by a virus called the hepatitis C virus, or HCV for short. According to published studies, almost 4 million people in the United States have hepatitis C. Veterans using VA facilities have higher rates of hepatitis C than the general population. Getting Started

General Information: An overview of the condition, including symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and medications.

Self-Management: Understand and track the condition through use of various health tools

Caregiver Information: Caregiver resources and when to get additional help.

Seeking Advanced Information: A wide range of information, research and clinical trials

Related Topics: Complementary and alternative approaches to the condition.

Reviewed/Updated Date: May 25, 2007

Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Dr. William Duncan

Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Dr. John Davison

Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Patricia Long