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Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. There are many kinds of hepatitis. Some can be spread. Others are not. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) does spread. It can lead to lifelong liver disease. This includes chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.
SYMPTOMS OF HEPATITIS C
Most people notice no problems until they develop liver disease years later. Symptoms include the following:
Flulike problems (fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and sore muscles and joints)
Tenderness in the upper right abdomen
Jaundice (yellowing skin)
Swelling in the abdomen
HOW HCV SPREADS
HCV spreads through exposure to an infected person's blood. This is most likely to occur if:
You used an infected needle (IV drug needles, tattoos, acupuncture needles, and body piercing)
You had a needlestick injury in the hospital
You shared personal care items such as razors
You had sex without a condom with an infected person (a less common cause)
You had a blood transfusion several years ago (blood is now screened for HCV)
Many people do not know how they were exposed to HCV.
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