Many people with hepatitis C do not look or feel sick, and therefore may have no idea that they have the virus. A blood test is required to determine if a person has ever been infected with hepatitis C and a followup test is needed to see if he or she is still infected.
Chronic hepatitis C can result in long-term health issues, such as liver damage, liver failure, liver cancer and even death. It is the leading cause for cirrhosis and liver cancer. Roughly 15,000 people die every year from hepatits C-related diseases.