"And many of those don't even know it," said Dr. Shane Speights with St. Bernards Medical Center.
"Unfortunately, we will have individuals show up or patients that end up in the hospital and in our routine testing, we find out they do have some liver disorder," Speights said. "And upon further testing, they'll become positive for Hepatitis C."
Injection drug users and people who've received blood transfusions, shared needles or had unprotected sex are "high risk" for having Hep C.
Symptoms include nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice, the yellow discoloration of skin and eyes.
"Get tested," Speights said. "It's a simple blood test that you could get done in your doctor's office."
"About 15 to 20 percent of the time, an individual who gets Hepatitis C can get over it," Speights said. "Your body can fight it and you can actually rid your body of the virus."
"It gets into the later stages of the disease where you have more liver failure," Speights said.
Hep C contributed to more than 1,500 deaths in Arkansas between 1999 and 2012.
There are currently no vaccinations for the virus.
To learn more about Hep C, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.