Viral hepatitis can have a profound impact on your health, especially if it goes undetected. Early detection and treatment are vital to managing the disease.
What is Hepatitis C?
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 150 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C, a virus transmitted through contact with the blood of an infected person. Approximately 80 percent of people infected with the hepatitis C virus do not exhibit any symptoms. Those who do, may exhibit fever, fatigue, decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, joint pain and jaundice.1
If left untreated, hepatitis C can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis and even cancer. The good news is that with early detection and treatment, hepatitis C can be completely cured.
Should You Get Tested for Hepatitis C?
If you fit into these categories, be proactive and get tested:
If You're Infected With Hepatitis C.
The World Health Organization recommends:1
1 World Health Organization. Hepatitis C Fact Sheet, No. 164, July 2013.
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