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Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus. This page provides an overview of signs, symptoms, transmission and treatment of hepatitis C.

Key points

  • Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus.
  • Children can get hepatitis C if they come in contact with the blood of someone who has hepatitis C. This can happen around the time of birth, by contact with contaminated needles or, very rarely, by sharing items which may be contaminated with blood (such as toothbrushes, nail clippers and razors).
  • Hepatitis C cannot be spread to other people by hugging, kissing, sneezing, coughing or breastfeeding. However, if you are breastfeeding and have cracked or bleeding nipples, talk to your health-care team.
  • When the infection stays in the body for a long time, this is called chronic hepatitis C. If your child has chronic hepatitis, they should be seen by a health-care provider regularly to monitor their health.
  • There are medications that can cure people of their hepatitis C infection. Talk to your health-care provider about your child’s treatment options.
Last updated: May 27th 2022