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