What is it?
Hepatitis C is a virus that can cause inflammation of the liver.
How did I get it?
The main way of getting Hepatitis C is through sharing dirty
needles, syringes and other drug using equipment.
It is most common amongst drug users.
Tattooing, body piercing - if dirty equipment is used.
Through a blood transfusion in a country where blood is not
screened (it is screened in the UK).
There is a slight chance that it can be passed on through
What are the symptoms?
Very often there are no symptoms and it may be years before someone
shows any signs of illness.
What will it do to me?
You can carry the virus for years with no signs but your are infectious.
After some years, possibly 20 years or more someone may develop
liver damage or liver cancer, which could lead to death.
Where can I go?
To get a test you can go to a Doctor or local GU Medicine/Sexual
Health clinic or local drug agency.
If you have a test that shows that you have Hepatitis C, you will
be referred to a liver specialist.
Can it be treated?
There is a treatment available but it often has side effects and
there is no definite cure at the moment.
You will need regular check-ups including blood tests to see how
the virus is affecting the liver.
HELPLINE British Liver Trust 01473 276328
Always wearing a condom during sex will reduce the
risk of becoming infected.