Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). HCV can be managed, and usually cured, with antiviral medications.
In approximately 25 per cent of all cases, the virus goes away (resolves) on its own. With treatment medications, HCV is highly curable. However, without treatment, most people will not clear the virus and it becomes a life-long infection.
Vaccines that prevent Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza and Pneumococcal disease are recommended for individuals living with Hepatitis C.
For information on symptoms, causes, transmission, prevention, recommended vaccines and treatment, review the following pages:
- BCCDC Hepatitis C.
- Hepatitis C Virus Infection | HealthLink B.C.
- Types of STIs - Fraser Health Authority (Scroll to Hepatitis C).
- Hepatitis C | SmartSex Resource.
- Canadian Liver Foundation Home - Canadian Liver Foundation.