Hepatitis C is a contagious viral infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. It primarily affects the liver and can lead to severe damage if left untreated. In this condition, there are no visible symptoms until there is a considerable damage to the liver.
Causes of Hepatitis C
HCV (hepatitis C virus) spreads only through contaminated blood or body fluid of an infected person. It can spread through:
- Sharing needles and drugs
- Unintentionally poked by infected needles
- Birth – a mother can pass it to a child
- Unprotected sex