Hepatitis C


How do I treat Hep C?

There is no known cure for Hepatitis C (Hep C). For some the virus will clear naturally within the first 12 months and for others long term medical supervision is required. There are some emerging antivirals now available, but sufficient rest, exercise and a well-balanced diet, avoiding alcohol and drugs also help to manage the disease.

How do I prevent catching Hep C?

Injecting drug use, body art and piercing using non-sterile equipment are considered higher risk activities in terms of Hep C transmission so it is important to always use sterile equipment. Medical and dental procedures can also pose some risk if adequate infection control measures are not taken.

What are the symptoms of Hep C?

Symptoms may include mild flu-like symptoms, tiredness, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, dark urine, nausea, loss of appetite and abdominal pain. Like many viral infections, however, it is also quite possible there are no obvious symptoms.

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C (also known as Hep C) is a viral infection that affects the liver. It is transmitted via infected blood (sharing needles, syringes, etc) and rarely through sexual contact. Unlike many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Hep C is tough and can survive outside the body for some time. However as it is passed on by blood-to-blood contact; infection can only occur when those two fluids exchange.
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