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I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with hepititus C. He is obviously very distraught over his situation and understands the severity of his condition. To better understand what this disease is and what he is going through, I am trying to educate myself. I have done a little research as to how it can be contracted and what the treatments are. While my friend may have had some rather questionable lifestyle habits in the past, I don't think that he has continued to partake in those habits in quite some time. Is it accurate to say that most, if not all, hepititus C patients contract the virus by coming in contact with an infected persons blood? Can casual contact spread the virus? Is this virus something that can sit dormant for years and then become active? If yes, is there some physical change or trait that can contribute to the virus becoming active after years of dormancy? I know that interferon is the drug of choice to battle the virus. I also know that it is used in Aids and cancer ralted cases as well, and it does not necessarily work on everyone. What is the percentage of people that it works on? Of those people, what percentage make full recoveries and how long does it take? Also, is there a specific diet that can help those battling this disease while undergoing treatment? If yes, any details or insight into same? We are all trying to be very supportive of my friend, so hopefully with education, we can provide a better source of support. Thank you for your time.