What is Hepatitis C?
- Hepatitis C is a type of inflammation of liver that is caused by Hepatitis C virus (HCV).
- Approximately 15%-25% of infected people will clear the virus from their bodies without treatment and will not develop long-lasting or chronic infection.
- The remaining 75%-85% of infected people will develop chronic infection.
- Chronic Hepatitis C can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.
Why is it hard to detect Hepatitis C?
80% of people who are infected with HCV do not develop any symptoms.
If symptoms develop, some of the common symptoms include:
- Dark urine
- Loss of appetite
The only way to know is to get your blood tested.
How does Hepatitis C spread?
Infected blood. Your risk is high if you:
- Received transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products such as red cells, platelets, plalga, etc. prior to 1994.
- Have body piercings or tattoos using unsterilised equipment.
- Inject or have injected drugs into your body through the sharing of needles.
- Are on haemodialysis.
Hepatitis C does not spread through breast milk, food, water, casual contact and sharing of food or drink with an infected person.