What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that causes liver inflammation and kills liver cells, permanently damaging the liver. Up to 75% of people initially infected with Hepatitis C may become chronically infected—that is, the infection does not clear up within six months. Most people with chronic Hepatitis C do not have symptoms and lead normal lives. However, in 10–25% of people with chronic Hepatitis C the disease progresses over a period of 10–40 years. There is currently no vaccine for Hepatitis C; however, treatment can cure most people of Hepatitis C and stop or slow disease progression.
Prevention of Hepatitis C
There are some simple things to remember to minimize your risk of contracting Hepatitis C. Some simple things include:
- While we all know we should ‘just say no to drugs’, if you are taking drugs then remember not to share needles or any other drug paraphernalia
- Travelling and forgot some toiletries? Don’t share razors, toothbrushes, clippers, nail files, or any items that may come in contact with blood.
- Thinking of getting some ‘ink’? Make sure that instruments used for tattooing, body piercing, and acupuncture are properly sterilized. Look to see that practitioners are using disposable needles.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
There are a few symptoms that may be an indication that you may have contracted Hepatitis C. While you may show signs, don’t assume you have it. Contact your doctor to be tested. Some symptoms include:
- Flu-like illness
- Fatigue (mild to severe)
- Night sweats
- Loss of appetite (anorexia)
- Muscle or joint pain
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal bloating
At Conquer Clinic, we exist not only to overcome diseases like Hep C, but to work towards a world where all people have the ability and access to control their own health – and to conquer anything that stands in its way. Check out our clinics for more information.