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7 Risk Factors for Hepatitis C
HCV Is a Silent Disease

HCV Is a Silent Disease

Most of the estimated 3.9 million people in the United States infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) don't know they have it. HCV usually attacks the liver without causing any symptoms until the damage is too great for the body to hide it. And while there are vaccines for hepatitis A and B, the only way to avoid hepatitis C infection is to limit your risk. Here are seven signs you should get an HCV test.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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