The term 'hepatitis' indicates viral infections that cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis A, B and C are the most common type of viruses that cause hepatitis. Hepatitis C virus can cause acute or chronic infection of the liver. Most people with acute hepatitis C infection recover but some may develop chronic infection of the liver. Chronic hepatitis C infection of the liver can progress to cirrhosis and liver cancer over several decades. Treatment for hepatitis C infection has many side effects and there is no vaccination to protect against hepatitis C, hence ways to reduce your risk of becoming infected are important.
Measures to avoid infecting others if you have hepatitis C
You can reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to others by: