hepatitis c

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis, ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong condition. The most common modes of infection are through exposure to small quantities of blood, which can happen from injection drug use, unsafe injection practices, unsafe health care, and the transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products. WHO estimates that 71 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection and that a significant number of those who are chronically infected will develop cirrhosis or liver cancer.

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Hepatitis C And HIV Coinfection

Hepatitis C is a contagious viral infection that affects the liver. People living with HIV are at higher risk of contracting hepatitis C because …