What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can infection the liver and sometimes causes serious liver damage.
How is Hepatitis C Spread?
- Contact with blood and other body fluids that are infected with hepatitis C
- Sharing injection drug equipment with another person who has hepatitis C.
Signs and Symptoms
Hepatitis C infection can live for many years in your body without causing any symptoms. Over time it can cause scar to your liver, a condition called cirrhosis.
This can cause symptoms of fatigue, easy bleeding/bruising, dark urine, nausea, confusion, or jaundice (yellowness to the eye and skin).
You may have no symptoms of hepatitis C, be sure to get tested
There are effective medications that can cure hepatitis C. Please reach out to a healthcare professional to discuss your treatment options.
Treatment can be as easy as taking one pill daily for 2-3 months.
Without treatment, hepatitis C can cause liver failure and increase your risk of liver cancer and death.
Hepatitis C is spread when someone comes into contact with blood from an infected person and can occur from coming into contact with very small amounts of blood.
Ways to prevent hepatitis C include never sharing needles or other drug preparation equipment (e.g. cookers, as well as smoking pipes), and wearing condoms.