The hepatitis C virus (HCV) was discovered in 1988. Scientists had been searching since 1975 for an elusive agent called non-A, non-B hepatitis; it was given that name because many cases of hepatitis caused by blood transfusion turned out not to be due to either hepatitis A or B. Hepatitis C is now thought to be the most common cause of chronic hepatitis (long-lasting inflammation in the liver) and probably affects about 1% of the Australian community.
Facts About Hepatitis C
Third Edition 2007
- What is Hepatitis C?
- How do people get infected with HCV?
- What happens if you contract hepatitis C?
- What happens with chronic hepatitis Cinfection?
- What can be done to help people with HCV infection?
- Is there any specific treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection?
- How likely am I to respond to antiviral therapy for hepatitis C?
- How is antiviral therapy given?
- Are there side-effects?
- Is there a vaccine for hepatitis C?
- How can I stop the spread of hepatitis C?
- Can hepatitis C be spread by sexual contact?
- I am having a baby. Is there anything I can do to reduce the risk to my baby?
- Where can I get further information about Hepatitis C?
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