The Stages of Hepatitis C Progression

Hepatitis C infection starts with exposure to the virus.

The hepatitis C virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood. Today, the main risk factor is sharing needles and other equipment for IV drugs. Healthcare workers are also at risk through needle-stick injuries on the job. Other less common ways to contract hepatitis C include having unprotected sex or sharing razors or other personal items with an infected person. Infected moms can also pass it to their babies.

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