This is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus and it’s transmitted when an infected person’s blood gets in a healthy person’s blood stream. This could happen for example via contaminated needles or less often via unprotected sex. 17,000 new cases appear in the United States each year.
Also, you must know that chronic hepatitis C may lead to liver cancer, liver failure, and death. The numbers are concerning – almost 700,000 people die annually from liver disease related to hepatitis C.