Hepatitis C, or hep C is an inflammation of the liver. There are two types of hep C: acute and chronic. The acute version, which happens in about 15 percent of individuals infected with the hepatitis C virus, is when the body is able completely kill all of the hep C virus. The more common chronic hep C infection happens in about 85 percent of cases, and ends up with long term liver infection.
Hepatitis C transmission occurs mostly through infected blood and blood products. This means that transmission can occur from working in a laboratory or dialysis unit, from needles used for tattoos or body piercings, from needle sharing from drug use. Hep C can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse. Although rare contracting hep C from sexual contact can happen. The likeliness of contracting hep C from sex increases when there is more than one partner.