Hepatitis C: A virus that causes inflammation of the liver. Although it can be transmitted sexually, hepatitis C is most common among those sharing intravenous drugs. A person with chronic hepatitis C can be without symptoms for 10-20 years.
Treatment Available: Chronic hepatitis C may be treated with medications that fight viral infections. Standard treatment combines two antiviral medications: interferon and ribavirin. Talk to a physician for treatment and about side effects of these treatments.