OREANDA-NEWS  The opinion that hepatitis C is a disease exclusively of people who lead an antisocial lifestyle, drug users and people engaged in prostitution, is an unfair prejudice, said Elena Nurmukhametova, Deputy chief freelance specialist in infectious diseases, head of the Center for the Treatment of Chronic Viral Hepatitis of the ICB No. 1 Depzdrav of Moscow. In conversation she warned that everyone has risks of infection with this disease, and told about how they can get infected.

Hepatitis C is a viral disease that is caused by a specific virus. It has a tropicity, that is, some "affinity" to liver tissue. Once in the blood, the hepatitis C virus moves to the liver and begins its life cycle there.