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. Once your liver has been damaged, you are more likely to get liver cancer or liver failure.
Hep C is deadly serious and if left untreated it can kill.
The good news is that hep C is now curable! The new treatments have a 98% success rate, have few side effects and you don’t need to stop using to get treated.
There’s a really good reason to want to keep your liver healthy and functioning – it is one of your largest organs and has a lot of important roles that keeps your body working. It digests food, stores energy, controls bleeding, fights infection, controls your blood sugar, and removes waste from your body. You cannot live without a liver.
It can be pretty hard to know if you have hepatitis C, the only way to know is to get tested. A lot of us don’t have any symptoms at all. You might feel tired and depressed, or just feel sick. Often the virus is symptomless. It might just feel like a come down or withdrawal. You’d never even know it was from Hep C without getting tested. Some of the most common symptoms are:
Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you should still get a test. We know that around 2/3’s of our community have come into contact with the Hep C virus so its important to get a test, just in case.
If you don’t know you have hepatitis C and don’t get treated, the long term effects can be serious.
There are different levels of liver damage. When your liver first starts scarring, it is called liver fibrosis. You probably won’t even know that there is anything wrong with you. When the scarring gets so bad that your liver doesn’t work properly, it is called cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis can lead to all sorts of other problems. It could cause liver failure, which is when your liver stops working completely and you need a transplant. You are also more likely to get liver cancer.