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The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) reproduces in the liver causing inflammation and possibly cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer much like the Hepatitis B virus. However, HCV is a different virus with its own traits. A person may be infected and have no signs or symptoms, and can live with the virus for decades without knowing it while the virus does damage to the liver. About 80% of people exposed develop a chronic infection.  Only about 20% are able to clear the virus by naturally building immunity. HCV is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person through needles. There is no cure and no vaccination for HCV.