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HEPATITIS C


What is it?

Hepatitis C is a virus which is carried in the blood and attacks the liver. Hepatitis C is known as a “silent killer” as most people infected have no symptoms until the damage has already been done to their liver. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplants. 

Hepatitis C is a reportable disease and must be reported to the Health Department.

How is it spread?

Hepatitis C is common worldwide and is spread when the blood of an infected person gets into the bloodstream of another person.
You may be at risk of hepatitis C:

The risk of spread through sexual contact is low. Still, people who have many sex partners are at increased risk of being infected with hepatitis C. The spread from mother to baby during pregnancy or at birth is uncommon. At this time, breastfeeding is not known to spread the virus from mother to baby. Mothers with cracked or bleeding nipples, however, are recommended to use alternatives until they heal.

What do I look for?

Most people infected with hepatitis C show no symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms are lack of appetite, feeling tired, nausea, abdominal pain or jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin). 

How is it treated?

How can I protect myself?

October 10, 2014