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Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is found in the blood of persons who have this disease. HCV is spread by contact with the blood of an infected person.
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Find information about blood tests on our Blood Tests to Check for Hepatitis C page.
HCV is spread primarily by direct contact with human blood. For example, you may have gotten infected with HCV if:
Recent studies suggest that HCV may survive on environmental surfaces at room temperature at least 16 hours, but no longer than 4 days.