Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a more serious lifelong illness that attacks the liver. Approximately 3.2 million people in the United States have Hepatitis C; yet, most people do not know they are infected due to lack of symptoms or merely not feeling sick.
Symptoms include fever, tiredness, upset stomach, loss of appetite, vomiting, light-colored stool, dark yellow urine, joint pain and jaundice.
Diagnosis can be determined via EIA (enzyme immunoassay) test and confirmatory test usually performed with a simple draw of blood.
With new breakthroughs in medications, there are less side effects, and the medications can treat and sometimes even cure the conditions of individuals suffering from Hepatitis C.