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Silently Laura akes her way to the refrigerator knowing she needs to take her medication Hoping this medicine reurion and inferon will help her disease Hepatitis C she prays and waits for the results Each year 150000 new cases of Hepatitis C are discovered in the United States Brown etal 1998 What is Hepatitis C Where do people become infected with the virus How is the virus cured There are so many questions asked from people each day and the researchers still dont have all the anwsers Hepatitis is a disease of the liver that is caused by one of the tinest types of bugs or microorganism that can infect humans a virus Viruses are made up of a compact string of genes genes carry the coded information telling our cells what to do in a coat of protein Brown etal1998 Viruses carry blueprints so the virus can make many more copies of the cell The virus reproduces by invading living cells Once inside the cell it uses the cell to produce more virus with the cells normal functions Virus cells arent able to enter all cells For example the Hepatitis virus mainly effects liver cells Once the virus is inside the liver it weakens and you start to feel the horrible symptoms Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus which is also a ball shaped capsule containing the vital genes that invade the liver Cooper 1996 The virus can cause scarring of the liver cirrhosis as well as an increase chance of liver cancer and even liver failure The hepatitis C if the leading cause of liver trasplants in the United States As the virus enters your liver it begins to invade the cells and grow As it does so increasing numbers of the cells are scarred and damaged The victim may not feel any symptoms until so much damge takes place your liver will no longer function This can take
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