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Infectious Diseases - Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is an infectious virus that is carried in the blood and affects the liver. It is an infection that is increasing in Canada and around the world. While not identified until 1989, the hepatitis C virus has been around for a very long time. For more information, see our fact sheet on hepatitis.

 

Hepatitis C Quiz - 5 Questions and Answers to Test Your Knowledge

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  1. Hepatitis C is a disease that affects the:

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      Correct - Hepatitis C infection can cause inflammation of the liver.  It’s important to keep your liver healthy because it helps digest food and also stores vitamins and minerals.  Most importantly, the liver acts as a filter for chemicals and other substances that enter the body.
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  2. Hepatitis C cannot be transmitted through:

    • Correct - Unlike hepatitis A, hepatitis C cannot be spread through contaminated food or water.  The hepatitis C virus is spread through blood-to-blood contact.
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  3. The risk of getting Hepatitis C infection through a blood transfusion today is extremely low.
    • Correct - All blood donations in Canada have been routinely tested for hepatitis C  since 1990.
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  4. Many people who have been infected with Hepatitis C do not know they have the disease because they feel healthy and show no symptoms.
    • Correct - Hepatitis C is a disease that progresses slowly.  Many infected people do not know they have the virus because for most, there will be no symptoms for many years.  Symptoms could include fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain or discomfort, or jaundice (a condition where the eyes and skin have a yellow appearance.
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  5. It is possible to contract the hepatitis C virus by ______________ an infected person.

    • Correct - Hepatitis C is NOT spread by casual contact such as hugging, kissing or shaking hands.  Sharing razors, scissors, nail clippers or a toothbrush with an infected person, if blood is exchanged, it can create a risk.
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