Chronic hepatitis C is a lifelong infection that may damage the liver
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, which is the body’s reaction (such as swelling or pain) as a result of injury or infection of the liver. Hepatitis C is one type of hepatitis virus. It is spread when a person is exposed to the blood of another person who has the virus.
75% to 85% of people who are exposed to the hepatitis C virus develop chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C.
Stages of liver disease
3 to 4 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C. Many don’t know they have it. That’s because people who have chronic hepatitis C might not look or feel sick. However, not having symptoms doesn’t mean that you do not have chronic hepatitis C.