What is hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a serious disease, but what else do you need to know about this illness? In this section, you’ll find information on:
Quick Facts on HEP C
- Hep C is caused by a virus carried in blood. It attacks your liver.
- The virus is passed by blood-to-blood contact. This means blood carrying the virus must get into the bloodstream of another person.
- You might not have symptoms for many years. By that time the liver damage could be serious. During that whole time you could pass the virus on to other people.
- You can get Hep C from:
- sharing needles, pipes, straws, cookers, filters, ties, or water for drug use with anyone else, including your sexual partner.
- piercing or tattooing equipment (including ink) already used on someone else.
- You can also get Hep C from:
- anything that might have blood on it, like razors, nail clippers and toothbrushes already used by someone else, even if you can’t see the blood.
- unprotected sex with someone who has Hep C.
- reusing medical equipment that was not properly sterilized (such as a scalpel) or reusing needles for medical injections.
- There is treatment for Hep C but first you have to get tested to know if you have the virus.