“One wrong prick, and it’s in your blood. Know the disease. Know the risk. Get tested.”
Eddie David of Borneo Ink Tattoo explains the daily risks he faces of being exposed to Hepatitis C virus as a tattoo artist.
What’s the danger of being infected by HCV and not knowing about it? Hepatitis C is a type of inflammation of liver that is caused by HCV. Approximately 75 – 85% of infected people will develop chronic infection, which can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.
80% of people who are infected with Hepatitis C do not develop any symptoms, making early detection and timely treatment a challenge. In most cases, Hepatitis C patients are diagnosed when the infection has caused serious damage to the liver.
Early diagnosis through blood test can prevent health problems that may result from infection and prevent transmission of HCV. When treatment is necessary, the goal of Hepatitis C treatment is cure and it can achieve cure rates above 95%.
About the Campaign
Our goal is to encourage the public, especially high-risk groups, to get tested for Hepatitis C and help Hepatitis C patients to receive timely treatment. Ultimately, we want to create a Hepatitis C free nation. We can’t do this alone. To achieve this, we need everyone’s support.
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