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What can happen if you have hepatitis C?

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As far as viruses go, hepatitis C is among the sneakiest. Once it's in your blood, it travels to your liver, where it may settle in for a silent, long-term stay. This can lead to cancer or cause the organ to fail if you don't treat it. In fact, hepatitis C is the top reason for liver transplants in the U.S.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals," "Hepatitis C Fact Sheet," "Hepatitis C: What to Expect When Getting Tested," "Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals," "Hepatitis C Fact Sheet," "Hepatitis C: What to Expect When Getting Tested," "Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 12, 2017

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