Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

Last Updated: September 29, 2018

Definition - What does Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) mean?

The hepatitis C virus is an infectious viral disease that attacks the liver, resulting in either acute or chronic pathology with symptoms that can include aches, diminished appetite, fatigue, fever, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), nausea, vomiting, and fecal and urinary discoloration, all of which can vary independently from moderate to severe in nature and can last for several weeks or a lifetime. Hepatitis C is contracted in different ways, such as drug use with contaminated needle syringes, repeated use of insanitary medical supplies, direct contact by a hepatitis C virus carrier, contact with infected blood, and blood transfusions (before 1992). The hepatitis C virus strain causes permanent, irreversible effects to the liver with no cure at present, but vaccinations at hospital facilities are available to restrain spread of contagion to other people.

WorkplaceTesting explains Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

The hepatitis C virus relates to a pathogenic condition that directly affects the liver, resulting in either acute or chronic hepatitis, two different stages can impose either temporary (acute) or lifelong (chronic) symptoms ranging between mild and severe pain, decreased immune response, exhaustion, appetite loss, fever, jaundice (yellow pigment in skin and whites of eyes), nausea, and vomiting. People with acute hepatitis C virus may experience only temporary symptoms that, in the interim of time and execution of proper treatment modalities, will mitigate the viral infection altogether. Conversely, people who contract chronic hepatitis C virus, which is proportionately greater than those with acute hepatitis C, anticipate longstanding detrimental effects to the liver, which incidentally, can lead to terminal damage resulting in cirrhosis (liver scarification). Hepatitis C virus can be contracted a number of ways including use/reuse of drug paraphernalia, inadequate sanitation of medical equipment and supplies at hospital facilities, and blood and/or venereal discharges upon immediate contact between affected and unaffected parties.

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