9 Effects of Hepatitis C on Your Body

How the Hepatitis C Infection Affects Your Body

Hepatitis C is an infection that causes inflammation in the liver. The infection is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV); it starts out as an acute infection but frequently lengthens into a chronic one. If you have a chronic case of hepatitis C, you’re more likely to develop certain diseases or problems with other organ systems in your body as a result. Unfortunately, you may not exhibit any signs or symptoms of the hepatitis C infection until an advanced stage of illness. That’s one reason why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that screening for hepatitis C is so important among baby boomers, the age group at greatest risk for infection. Here’s a look at long-term effects hepatitis C can have on your body if left untreated.

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