The Hep C, Ki? campaign is developed and funded by Gilead Sciences Ltd

A programme designed to support the South Asian community living in Britain to understand risk factors, symptoms and testing for hepatitis C (Hep C).

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Find out if you’re at risk – and what you can do about it

Hepatitis C, or Hep C, is a virus.1 It is spread through exposure to infected blood and can cause serious damage to your liver without you knowing.2 If left untreated Hep C may cause scarring to the liver, cancer and even death.2

50% of people living with Hep C do not know that they have the virus, it is estimated3

Are you at risk?

In high risk areas, including South Asia, you can come into contact with infected blood more easily than you might think.

If you have spent time in India, Bangladesh or Pakistan at any time in your life – as a child or an adult, as a resident or a regular visitor – it is good to know what can put you at risk:4

  • Medical, dental or cosmetic procedures (including vaccination) using unsterilised equipment3,4,5

  • Blood transfusions or use of blood products4

  • Equipment used by hairdressers or beauticians – such as nail scissors, clippers and razors – can pose a small risk if not effectively sterilised between customers4,6

If you think you may be at risk, speak to your GP to see if testing is currently available in your area.

Hepatitis C is no laughing matter, so speak to your GP to see if testing is currently available in your area

While contracting Hep C isn’t something to take lightly, comedy has the power to break down barriers and open up conversations.

Hep C, Ki? have partnered with some of the UK’s top South Asian comics to raise awareness of Hep C risk factors among the community.

Click here for advice on how to have a serious conversation with your GP about Hep C.

What are the symptoms?

People often don't experience symptoms of Hep C for many years. If symptoms do develop after infection, they may include:1,2

  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • High temperature
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pains
  • Feeling and being sick

If left untreated Hep C may cause scarring to the liver, cancer and even death.1,2

Get tested and treated

  • Get tested

    If you think you could have come into contact with the Hep C virus, don’t wait until you feel unwell to get tested.

  • Get treated

    If you test positive for Hep C, treatment involves taking tablets daily for 8 to 12 weeks.7 The treatment is usually easy to take with few side effects.7

  • Be free of Hep C

    Once treatment is complete, over 95% of people are cured.8

Find out about testing

Find out more about treatment

A word from the community

Before getting involved with Hep C, Ki? I didn’t know what hepatitis C was, how you get it, what the symptoms are, or how it can impact your long-term health – it was a mystery to me. I was particularly surprised to learn that half of people living with hepatitis C don’t know they have it. I would urge everyone who thinks they might be at risk to ask their GP for a test and to encourage their family to do the same.
Sukh Ojla
Those of us who take family visits to the “motherland” can often miss or overlook the areas of risk associated with hepatitis C – be it unsanitised needles at a hospital, or razors at a barber. As a creator from a minority background, I felt compelled to lend my voice to something that could help my community. Humour can have such a powerful way of making you see things in a different light and I’d like to think this campaign has delivered a message in a unique way that hasn’t been explored before and encourages people to get tested.
Ali Official
I am so proud to be supporting Hep C, Ki? - a campaign that is breaking down barriers and helping to protect the health of our community.
Mehreen Baig

For more information and support, visit The Hepatitis C Trust