What Are Some Facts About Hepatitis C?


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There are many facts about Hepatitis C including the fact that it is a liver disease, approximately 3.2 million people throughout the U.S. have the disease and that it is difficult to determine whether or not someone has the disease, according to WebMD. The difficulty with determining whether or not a person has the disease is because the disease does not have many symptoms.

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What Are Some Facts About Hepatitis C?
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The symptoms that do appear with Hepatitis C are stomach pain, loss of appetite, jaundice, fatigue and nausea, reports WebMD. Not every one who has Hepatitis C will experience any or all of these symptoms, but these are the most common and prevalent symptoms associated with the disease.

The disease itself is transmitted through body fluids or through the blood of a person who already has the disease, according to WebMD. The disease is transmitted is during sex, sharing needles whether through drugs or at a hospital or in birth when a mother may pass the disease on to her child.

There is only one way to test for Hepatitis C and that is by having a blood test performed, writes WebMD. People who are diagnosed with Hepatitis C must begin treatment immediately because the disease can be eradicated within a few weeks in some cases, but can become a chronic disease in others that destroys the liver. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, writes that 75 to 85 percent of the people who have the Hepatitis C virus will end up with an ongoing infection.

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