I would suggest that all the respondents check for newer information as their information is outdated and superseded by at least 3 studies at reliable non-self serving universities instead of the NIH, or CDC, both of which rely on a very flawed study that eliminated veterans treated at the VA hospitals (>80% of Nam era vets have HCV), prisoners of State and Federal Corrections Dept. (> 75% infection rate), and the poor who did not have insurance forms to fill out so the information was deemed unreliable (strange that the CDC deems indigence as an at risk behavior, but won't count them in their studies totals). Hep C (HCV) is NOT in saliva, sweat, semen, or normal vaginal secretions!
Avoid blood and you won't get HCV!
Hepatitis is the diagnosis for liver damage. It can be caused by many things. Fatty liver, alcoholism, and many others. Hepatitis B & C are virus', they are caused by viral infection and destroy the liver over a period of time.
My bet is that one of you is thinking of the viral infection that causes liver damage, while the other has heard the term hepatitis applied in it's more generic meaning of diseased / damaged liver. It still would apply only to a bad liver. You can have hepatitis (which is a bad liver) without HBV or HCV, but you can't get HBV or HCV (Hep B & C) from hepatitis.
HCV Warrior 30+ years
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