What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and it is spread through contact with blood from an infected person.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
The symptoms of Hepatitis C can vary widely and may not appear until the disease has caused significant liver damage. Common symptoms of Hepatitis C include:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
However, many people with Hepatitis C have no symptoms at all. Therefore, if you suspect that you may have Hepatitis C, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis.
Diagnosis of Hepatitis C typically involves a blood test to detect the presence of the virus in the body. Early diagnosis is crucial for successful treatment and prevention of liver damage.
It's important to emphasize that early diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis C can help prevent liver damage and improve outcomes. You may also want to include information on the lifestyle changes recommended for individuals with Hepatitis C, such as stopping alcohol consumption and avoiding medications that may cause liver damage.
You should receive medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment. For example, you can use the Hepatitis C Treatment Locator below to find suitable treatment in your living area.
Hepatitis C is commonly spread by sharing needles or other injection equipment. To reduce your risk of Hepatitis C, avoiding sharing needles or other equipment for injection is essential. It is also important to practice safe sex using condoms, as Hepatitis C can be spread through sexual contact. Additionally, avoid coming into contact with the blood of someone who has Hepatitis C. If you are considering getting a tattoo or piercing, make sure that the establishment uses sterile equipment and practices proper hygiene. Finally, be cautious when handling sharp objects, such as needles and razors, and avoid sharing personal items that may have come into contact with blood, such as toothbrushes or razors.
Below are additional resources to help support Hepatitis Awareness and Hepatitis C Cure Day activities: