Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is often caused by a virus. Common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV):
Hepatitis B virus can cause a short-term (acute infection). A small number of patients can develop a long-term (chronic) infection. There are many phases to chronic disease and sometimes patients do not have any symptoms.
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV):
This is the most common infection in the United States spread from person to person through contact with blood. Most patients do not have any symptoms. Often patients don’t know they have the hepatitis C infection until there is liver damage years later.
Clearing your blood of the virus is the goal of hepatitis medications. The specific medications that you take will depend on other health conditions you may have and the type of hepatitis virus that infected you.