Harvard Health Blog
Baby boomers and hepatitis C: What's the connection?
By: Raymond Chung, MD, Contributor Hepatitis C is a viral infection that is spread through contact with infected blood. Hepatitis C infection can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Most people with acute hepatitis C eventually develop chronic hepatitis C. Hepatitis C usually does not cause symptoms, which is why most people with hepatitis C donít know that they are infected. Left untreated, hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure.