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Hepatitis C: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment


2. Chronic vs. Acute Hepatitis C

There are two types of hepatitis C: acute and chronic. The Mayo Clinic describes chronic hepatitis C as a long-term infection. Every chronic infection has an acute phase, but not every acute hepatitis C infection becomes chronic. “Some people clear HCV from their bodies after the acute phase, an outcome known as spontaneous viral clearance,” writes the Mayo Clinic. “In studies of people diagnosed with acute HCV, rates of spontaneous viral clearance have varied from 14 to 50-percent.”

Healthline also helps explain by defining the two on how they develop. Acute hepatitis C sets in quickly and can last a few weeks, whereas chronic hepatitis C develops slowly over a long period of time and will often not show any signs or symptoms. It’s estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that roughly 71 million people have chronic hepatitis C.

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