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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.
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.