What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hep C virus. The virus can cause both acute and chronic infection lasting weeks to a serious life long illness.
How is Hepatitis C spread?
It is spread through infected blood:
- Injecting drug use through sharing equipment
- Reuse or inadequate sterilisation of medical equipment
- Unscreened blood and blood products
What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?
The incubation period for Hep C is 2 weeks to 6 months.80% of people may not have symptoms following initial infection. Those who are acutely symptomatic may have
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Abdomen Pain
- Dark Urine
- Grey Stool
- Joint Pain
How do i test for Hepatitis C?
A finger prick blood sample in this home testing kit.
It there a treatment for Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C can be treated and possibly cured with antiviral drugs. This treatment is usually for 12 weeks. Hep C does not always require treatment as the immune response in some people will clear the infection.