The latest research & treatment news about Hepatitis C infection, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment.

Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

Discovered in 1989, Hepatitis C is a contagious disease which is caused by a virus that infects the liver. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the United States with prevalence of Hepatitis C virus increasing worldwide. Countries with high rates of people chronically infected with Hepatitis C are Egypt (22%), Pakistan (4.8%) and China (3.2%).

According to the World Health Organization, about 130–170 million people are chronically infected with the Hepatitis C virus, with more than 350,000 people dying from Hepatitis C-related liver diseases each year.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.8 percent or 3.9 million Americans have been infected with Hepatitis C – of which 2.7 million are chronically infected.

If left untreated, Hepatitis C can lead to liver cancer, liver damage and ultimately liver failure.