What is hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne liver infection, a vital organ of the body. There are many ways to catch hepatitis C. It’s possible to catch it through having unprotected sex.
How do I catch hepatitis C ?
The most common way to catch hepatitis C is by sharing contaminated needles, spoons, and filters to inject drugs.
There are other rare causes as well, such as sexual transmission, transmission from mother to child, or any surgical procedures abroad where sterilization of instruments is not optimal.
What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
Many people do not experience any symptoms when they become infected with hepatitis C.
Some people may have flu-like symptoms including tiredness, loss of appetite, joint pains and nausea some weeks after being infected.
Some infected people remain well throughout their lives and develop no problems to their liver.
However, other people can develop longstanding (chronic) hepatitis C infection and have symptoms of liver damage, such as jaundice ongoing tiredness, nausea, vomiting or unexplained weight loss. Without treatment this will eventually lead to liver failure, which is life-threatening.