Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong disease. Once infected, a person is at risk of developing cirrhosis (scarring of
the liver), or liver cancer. In the worst case, hepatitis C can be fatal.
There are two forms of hepatitis C: acute and chronic. Both usually spread when blood from a person infected with the hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.
Today, most people catch hepatitis C by sharing needles or other equipment used to inject drugs. But you can also be infected in these other ways.
* Needle injections in healthcare settings (although this is relatively rare).
* Sharing personal care items, such as razors or toothbrushes.
* Getting a tattoo or body piercing in an unregulated setting.
* Having sexual contact with a person infected with the hepatitis C virus.
The purpose of this video has been to provide quick, basic answers to the question, "How do you catch hepatitis C?"
But remember, your doctor is always your best source of information regarding your particular situation.