What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus. The hepatitis C virus uses liver cells to create copies of itself, killing those cells in the process. The infection was first labelled “non-A, non-B” hepatitis before the hepatitis C virus was identified in 1989.

This section provides more information about hepatitis C, other types of hepatitis, how hepatitis C is transmitted, the signs and symptoms of an infection and more.