HCV is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus.
The virus is spread when blood from an infected person enters the body of another. It is among the most common viruses that infect the liver.
Hepatitis C can be transmitted via sex with an infected person, or sharing of items contaminated with infectious blood. Hepatitis C is not spread through breast milk, water or food, or by casual contact such as kissing and sharing food or drinks with an infected person.
Watch this animation depicting the initial stages of the Hepatitis C Virus lifecycle
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