an inflammation of the liver. When the inflammation of the liver is due
to a specific RNA virus which leads to chronic inflammation, it is
called Hepatitis C.
There are several virus
names as A,B,C,D,E, etc. which are known to affect the liver, producing
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, etc. In
particular virus has a capacity to induce not only
inflammation but scarring of the liver, which is called as
cirrhosis of liver.The virus tends to multiply
rapidly hence not allowing to develop natural antibodies in adequate
quantity. This virus is a slow and silent destroyer of liver cell. It
may so happen that one may not realize the infection for years together.
After a prolonged state of inflammation cirrhosis may take place, which
may take ten to fifty years. It is a very slow process, if not
aggravated by certain food habits and alcohol.
one get Hepatitis C?:
The virus spreads through blood or infected syringes.
(Similar to Hepatitis A and HIV infection.) Those who are
drug addicts using syringes, frequent blood donors (not
using sterile syringes) are prone to catch this virus.
Tattooing and body piercing could be a source of infection.
Organ transplant, dialysis for kidney failure are other
important sources of infection. It is uncommon that one may
get this virus through sexual contact. It is believed by
most, today that steady partner may not need physical
protection if one partner is Hepatitis C positive. However,
unsafe sex with changing partners may prove to be a source
of infection. It does not spread by touch, saliva, air, food
or water. Mother to baby transmission during the birth is
possible. However, the rate of such transmission is not