WHAT IS HEP C?
Hep C is a contagious liver disease that can lead to serious problems including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer.
Hep C can either be acute or chronic:
- Acute Hep C lasts a short time and occurs within the first 6 months of exposure to the Hep C virus. In some cases, the body can get rid of the virus on its own. If not, the infection will become chronic.
- Chronic Hep C is serious and long lasting. For 75%–85% of people with Hep C, an acute infection becomes chronic.
There are 2 other types of hepatitis: A and B. Hepatitis A, B, and C all cause inflammation or swelling of the liver, but each is a different virus. There are vaccines for Hep A and B, but there is no vaccine for Hep C.