Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus.
You can get hepatitis C when the blood of a person who has the virus gets into your bloodstream. The virus can then infect and damage your liver, an organ you need to stay healthy.
There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. A few people who get the virus clear it (get rid of it) on their own within the first six months of infection, but most people develop a chronic, or long-term, infection.
But there is treatment that can clear the virus from the body. Once the virus is cleared, you can’t pass it on to other people. You can, however, get re-infected with hepatitis C.