Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is usually a chronic (long-term) infection, but it is curable!

Hepatitis C is spread through direct blood-to-blood contact with someone who has hepatitis C. The most common way to get hepatitis C is through sharing injection drug use equipment, getting a blood transfusion prior to 1992, or having other exposure to blood. Baby boomers (born 1945–1965) also have higher rates of HCV.

Treatments are available cure hepatitis C for most people. There is NO vaccine available to prevent infection.

Additional Resources

State of Hawaii, Department of Health Disease Outbreak Control Division

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hep Free Hawaii