Hepatitis C, a virus which can lead to chronic liver disease, is spread through contact of already infected blood. Many individuals who are infected with the hepatitis C virus do not experience symptoms and are not aware of having the virus.
Dhiren Shah, MD, a gastroenterologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, shares some important information on transmission of hepatitis C and tips on minimizing your risk:
Who should be screened for hepatitis C?
Is there a vaccine for hepatitis C?
To date, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C; however, you should be screened for hepatitis A and B, and get vaccinated if you have not been previously exposed.
What other questions do you have about hepatitis C?