What is Hepatitis C?

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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1. What is Hepatitis C?
2. Is there a vaccine for the prevention of HCV infection?
3. What blood tests are available to check for hepatitis C?
4. How could a person have gotten hepatitis C?
5. How long can Hepatitis C Virus live outside the body and transmit infection?