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:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Dark urine
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea

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.