HEP C FACTS
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEPATITIS C.
HEPATITIS C SPREADS EASILY… AND QUIETLY
Most people don’t show any signs of being infected with Hep C in the first 20-30 years. That also means that of the 250,000-400,000 Canadians infected with Hep C, many continue to spread the disease without even knowing it.
ASSESS YOUR RISK
If you were you born between 1955 and 1975 or born outside of Canada you may have contracted Hep C from contact with poorly sterilized medical equipment.
What is your drug history?
Hep C is transmitted between drug users who share needles, pipes and other equipment. If you’ve ever experimented with drugs it’s very important to get tested.
Did you have a blood transfusion before 1992?
Prior to 1992, blood donations weren’t tested for the Hep C virus.
What is your sexual history?
Hep C is transmitted through any blood on blood contact. Any rough or unprotected sex is particularly dangerous.
HEPATITIS C EFFECTS.
Long term liver damage (cirrhosis) can have many effects on the body.
Painful digestion, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
The Central Nervous System.
Confusion, forgetfulness, disorientation, shaking, slurred speech and even a coma.
The Circulatory System.
Hypertension, internal bleeding, swollen legs and abdomen, anemia and even Type 2 diabetes.
Hair, Skin & Nails.
Hair loss, jaundice, and softened yellow fingernails.