Hep C and Liver Tissue
Hepatitis C infection may cause your liver to become inflamed. This is a sign that your body is trying to fight off the infection.
Chronic Hep C
More than 7 out of 10 people who get the hepatitis C virus eventually develop “chronic” hep C—which can be a lifelong disease.
Hep C Infection Can Cause Liver Damage Slowly Over Time
Hepatitis C infection can cause liver damage slowly over time, even without symptoms.
People in the United States With Chronic Hep C
About 3 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C. “Baby boomers,” or people born between 1945 and 1965, are 5 times more likely to have it.
Hepatitis C Infection and the Role of Your Liver
Hepatitis C Infection and the Role of Your Liver
Your liver plays an important role
  • Your liver is an organ you can’t live without. It's responsible for doing lots of important things, such as:
    • Digesting food
    • Storing energy
    • Removing harmful chemicals
  • When your liver gets damaged, it usually can heal itself.
  • When you have hep C infection, your liver may become inflamed. This is a sign that your body is trying to fight off an infection.
  • Inflammation causes your body to form scar tissue. Over time, this scar tissue replaces your healthy tissue. This is known as fibrosis.
  • If you don’t get effective treatment for hep C, the scarring can continue and take over most of your liver, and your liver can no longer heal itself. This is called cirrhosis.
How hep C can damage your liver over time
How hep C can damage your liver over time
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Hep C and Your Liver: Healthy Liver With No Scarring
Healthy liver:
no scarring
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Hep C and Your Liver: Beginning of Liver Damage
Beginning of liver damage
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Hep C and Your Liver: Moderate Liver Damage
Moderate liver damage
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Hep C and Your Liver: Significant Liver Damage
Significant liver damage
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Hep C and Your Liver: Final Stage of Liver Damage (Cirrhosis)
Final stage of liver damage (also called cirrhosis)
Hepatitis C Genotypes
What’s a genotype?
Hep C is a virus. There are different types of hep C, called genotypes. Currently, scientists have found 6 major genotypes of the hep C virus worldwide. Some of these genotypes can be broken into even smaller groups, called subtypes.
Why is it good to know your type? It’s important to know which genotype you have because not all treatments work for all types of hep C.
Some genotypes are more common in certain parts of the world. The most common subtypes in the United States are called 1a and 1b.
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How do you know your genotype?Your doctor can do a blood test to find out your genotype.
Get the conversation started with your doctor about hep C, genotypes, and keeping your liver healthy.
Ways to Help Prevent Spreading Hepatitis C
Hep C: How not to get it, and how not to spread it
Whether you have hep C or you know someone who has it, here are some helpful tips to protect the ones you love.
If you have hep C, here are some ways to help prevent spreading it:
  • Don’t share needles or blood sugar meters
  • Don’t share personal items such as razors, toothbrushes, or nail clippers
  • Make sure tattoos and piercings are done in a place using sterile tools
  • Let your doctor and dentist know you have hep C
  • Avoid having unprotected sex
What’s a genotype?
Hep C is a virus. There are different types of hep C, called genotypes. Currently, scientists have found 6 major genotypes of the hep C virus worldwide. Some of these genotypes can be broken into even smaller groups, called subtypes.
Hepatitis C Genotypes
Why is it good to know your type? It’s important to know which genotype you have because not all treatments work for all types of hep C.
Some genotypes are more common in certain parts of the world. The most common subtypes in the United States are called 1a and 1b.
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How do you know your genotype?Your doctor can do a blood test to find out your genotype.
Get the conversation started with your doctor about hep C, genotypes, and keeping your liver healthy.
Ways to Help Prevent Spreading Hepatitis C
Hep C: How not to get it,
and how not to spread it
Whether you have hep C or you know someone who has it,
here are some helpful tips to protect the ones you love.
Ways to Help Prevent Spreading Hepatitis C
If you have hep C, here are some ways to help prevent spreading it:
  • Don’t share needles or blood sugar meters
  • Don’t share personal items such as razors, toothbrushes, or nail clippers
  • Make sure tattoos and piercings are done in a place using sterile tools
  • Let your doctor and dentist know you have hep C
  • Avoid having unprotected sex
Feed your liver the right stuff
Did you know that your liver actually has the ability to repair itself? When you treat your liver right, it will return the favor.
By keeping a healthy diet, you can help your liver function at its best. Here's a good place to start:
Send me recipes that are good for my liver


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