1.800.247.0762

Burlington, IA

624 S. Roosevelt Ave, Suite 100 Burlington, IA 52601 Phone: (319) 768-4300 Fax: (319) 753-3693 Toll Free: (800) 247-0762

Great River Health Systems

1223 S. Gear Avenue, Suite 100 West Burlington, IA 52655 Phone: 319-768-4312 Fax: 319-768-4313 Toll Free: 800-247-0762
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Health Issues

Hepatitis C Overview and Facts

Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. Most people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have no symptoms. In fact, most people don't know they have the hepatitis C infection until liver damage shows up, decades later, during routine medical tests.

Hepatitis C is one of several hepatitis viruses and is generally considered to be among the most serious of these viruses. Hepatitis C is passed through contact with contaminated blood — most commonly through needles shared during illegal drug use.