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