Corresponding author:Dra Mirta D’Ambra MD, Chairman of the World Academy of Medical Sciences in Argentina - Ministry of Health - Buenos Aires University- Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
Received: August 09, 2017; Published: August 28, 2017
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Hepatitis C is an infection caused by the virus (HCV) discovered in the late 1980s. It is a silent disease that at first does not produce symptoms and can take years until its detection. Currently, 160 million people worldwide are infected with the hepatitis C virus. In Argentina, approximately 600,000 people are infected (two out of every hundred) and do not know it. Unlike Hepatitis A and B there is no vaccine. Transmission is via the bloodstream and infrequent through sex* (injectable drugs, piercings, transfusions, dialysis, health personnel, etc.). It is the leading cause of liver cirrhosis and Hepatic carcinoma, therefore it is the leading cause of liver transplantation.