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Treatment Just Got Easier For Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a highly infectious virus carried in the blood that can make a person seriously ill. It can cause scarring of the liver and liver cancer. In some cases, it can result in death. For the majority of people, hepatitis C is a life-long condition if not treated – but treatment is available.

If you have done any of the following, you may be at risk of contracting hepatitis C:

  • Shared needles or other drug equipment (spoons, tourniquets, filters).
  • Spent time in prison.
  • Had a piercing or tattoo done in an unsterile environment.
  • Shared razors or toothbrushes with someone you know has hepatitis C.

Blood tests will show whether you have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus. If positive, follow-up tests will be required.

If you have hepatitis C, you may need to start treatment. The good news is there is a new treatment which is easy to take, side effects are rare, and 98% of people can be cured in 8-12 weeks with just one tablet a day. Most people begin to feel better within days of starting treatment.

Have a chat with your GP about getting free of hepatitis C.

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