Are You Safe from Hepatitis C?

Blood Test for Hepatitis C Screening

 

Hepatitis C Facts

        Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. In time, it can lead to permanent liver damage as well as cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure.

        About 185 million people globally have chronic hepatitis C infection, many are unaware

        350,000 to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver diseases

        There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C

        A treatable infection for many patients

        The leading cause of liver transplant
 

How is Hepatitis C spread?                                        

      Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs

      Needlestick injuries in health care settings

      Being born to a mother who has Hepatitis C

      Sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes

      Having sexual contact with a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus

 

Who should get tested for Hepatitis C (people at high risk)?

      Injection drug users, including those who injected only one time or many years ago

      Recipients of donated blood, blood products, and organs

      Hemodialysis patients or persons who spent many years on dialysis for kidney failure

      People who received body piercing or tattoos done with non-sterile instruments

      People with known exposures to the Hepatitis C virus

      HIV-infected persons

      Children born to mothers infected with the Hepatitis C virus

      Having sexual contact with a person who is infected with the Hepatitis C virus

      Sharing personal care items, such as razors or toothbrushes, that may have come in contact with the blood of an infected person

      One-time screening for people born between 1945 and 1965 (USPSTF)

 

How is Hepatitis C diagnosed?

      A simple blood test to detect (anti-HCV) antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus is available at GHC.   A positive test result means that you have at some stage been infected with Hepatitis C.

      If the antibody test is positive, further blood testing (HCV RNA) is needed to confirm that you are infected with the virus.

 

Most people who are infected with Hepatitis C don't have symptoms until liver problems have developed. Please consult your doctor and get tested before it’s too late!

 

 

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