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Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. One type, hepatitis C, is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It usually spreads through contact with infected blood. It can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.

Most people who are infected with hepatitis C don't have any symptoms for years. If you do get symptoms, you may feel as if you have the flu. You may also have jaundice, a yellowing of skin and eyes, dark-colored urine, and pale bowel movements. A blood test can tell if you have it. Usually, hepatitis C does not get better by itself. The infection can last a lifetime and may lead to scarring of the liver or liver cancer. Medicines sometimes help, but side effects can be a problem. Serious cases may need a liver transplant.

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  1. Hepatitis C (National Library of Medicine)  
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  2. CAM and Hepatitis C: A Focus on Herbal Supplements From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)  
    ... links Read our disclaimer about external links Menu Hepatitis C: A Focus on Dietary Supplements On this page: ... ensure coordinated and safe care. Top What Is Hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease. It's ...
  3. Hepatitis C and Dietary Supplements: What the Science Says From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)  
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  4. Time to Talk: 5 Things You Should Know about Dietary Supplements for Hepatitis C From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)  
    ... Things You Should Know About Dietary Supplements for Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by a virus. ... more years to happen. Without medical treatment, chronic hepatitis C can eventually cause liver cancer or liver failure. ...
  5. What I Need to Know about Hepatitis C Easy-to-Read From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... URL Español What I need to know about Hepatitis C Page Content On this page: What is hepatitis ... Pronunciation Guide For More Information Acknowledgments What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis * C is a virus , or infection, that ...
  6. Hepatitis C FAQs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
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  7. Treating Chronic Hepatitis C: A Review of the Research for Adults (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)  
    ... a> Consumer Summary – Nov. 27, 2012 Treating Chronic Hepatitis C: A Review of the Research for Adults Formats ... for this summary. Understanding Your Condition What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a ...
  8. Testing for the Hepatitis C Virus (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)  
    ... Consumer Summary – Sept. 13, 2013 Testing for the Hepatitis C Virus Formats View PDF (PDF) 999 kB Download ... for this summary. Understanding the Condition What is hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a ...
  9. Hepatitis C: Sex and Sexuality (Department of Veterans Affairs)  
    ... hepatitis C virus through sex. Can you pass hepatitis C to a sex partner? Yes, but it is ... and always use latex condoms. Can you pass hepatitis C through other types of sexual contact, such as ...
  10. Hepatitis C: Treatment (Department of Veterans Affairs)  
    ... factor in the response to treatment. Viral load (hepatitis C virus ribonucleic acid level or hepatitis C RNA level) This test measures the amount of ... can I find out about participating in a hepatitis C clinical trial? Many trials are being conducted at ...
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