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What is hepatitis C? - Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. There are different hepatitis viruses that affect the liver. The three types that are common in Canada are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. People can get hepatitis C when blood carrying the virus gets into their bloodstream. Once inside, it infects ... Read more
How can you get hepatitis C? - Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact. Hepatitis C is spread when blood carrying the virus gets into the bloodstream of another person. This usually happens through breaks in the skin or breaks in the lining of the nose and mouth. Hepatitis C is a strong virus and can live outside of the body for ... Read more
Protecting yourself from hepatitis C - Hep C is passed on from someone with Hep C to someone without Hep C only through blood-to-blood contact. This often happens when people share things that have come in contact with blood. Sharing means re-using, borrowing or buying things that were already used by another person. Blood may be on: needles, syringes, filters, cookers, ... Read more
Treating hepatitis C - Treatment can cure Hep C Hepatitis C treatment is getting better all the time. More and more people are taking treatment and being cured of the virus. New medications are able to cure Hep C in more people. Treatment can last up to a year, but newer drugs are shortening that time to just a ... Read more
Getting testing for hepatitis C - Testing is the only way to find out if you have hepatitis C There are close to 250,000 people living with hepatitis C in Canada. Many people who have hepatitis C don’t know it. Most people do not show any signs or symptoms until many years after getting hepatitis C. If and when people ... Read more