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What Is Hepatitis C?

Many people with hepatitis C are unaware of their disease status.

Hepatitis C is one of those illnesses you know exists, but you’re not sure if it’s something you need to worry about. So what is hepatitis C? It’s a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus, and it infects more people than you realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were an estimated 30,500 new cases of hepatitis C reported in 2014, and up to 3.9 million people in the U.S. have chronic hepatitis C.

For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness, the CDC says, but for up to 85 percent of people who contract the disease, it’s a chronic infection that can cause long-term health problems and even death.

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