What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus. That means it is spread when blood with hepatitis C comes into contact with your blood. Hepatitis C is a virus that causes inflammation of your liver, can lead to scarring and stop the liver from working properly. If your liver is damaged you are more likely to experience liver failure or could get liver cancer. 


Hepatitis C is deadly serious and if left untreated it can kill. Your liver is one of your largest organs and has many important roles that keeps your body working. 

Your liver digests food, stores energy, controls bleeding, fights infection, controls your blood sugar, and removes waste from your body. You cannot live without a liver.

 

Symptoms of hepatitis C can be difficult to spot, and sometimes there are none at all. Some symptoms of hepatitis C include:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain in joints
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

Sometimes the virus can be symptomless, so the only way to know for sure if you are clear is to get a hepatitis C test. To find out how visit our Get Tested page.

If you live with hepatitis C and don’t get treated the long term effects can be serious. 

 

When scarring to your liver begins it is called liver fibrosis, which can often go undetected. As scarring gets worse it can prevent your liver from working properly which is called cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can lead to serious issues such as liver failure or liver cancer.