what is hepatitis c infection

This infection of the liver is caused by the hepatitis C virus. About 3.9 million people in the U.S. have the disease. But it causes few symptoms, so most of them don’t know.

Many people with hepatitis C have no symptoms. But you could notice these:

Jaundice (a condition that causes yellow eyes and skin, as well as dark urine)
Stomach pain
Loss of appetite

The virus spreads through the blood or body fluids of an infected person.

You can catch it from:

Sharing drugs and needles
Having sex, especially if you have an STD, an HIV infection, several partners, or have rough sex
Being stuck by infected needles
Birth – a mother can pass it to a child