Everything You Need to Know About Hep C
Hepatitis C, also known as Hep C, is a serious liver inflammation caused by the Hepatitis C virus. Because it progresses slowly, individuals with Hepatitis C are often asymptomatic for a long time; therefore, regular testing is recommended as a measure to detect infection as soon as possible.
What else should you know about Hepatitis C?
At Novus, we believe that the more you know, the better prepared you will be to actively prevent infection or act quickly if you think you might have contracted this virus. Read on to learn more about the effects and consequences Hep C can have on the human body.
How Is Hep C Transmitted?
Hepatitis C is bloodborne, which means it can only be transmitted through exposure to blood that carries the virus. It is often hard to determine how or when an individual contracted Hep C. However, there are several high-risk activities that are often at the root of these infections; some examples are:
- Sharing drug use equipment; especially needle sharing.
- Sharing piercing or tattoo tools.
- Blood transfusions.
- Organ transplants.
- Non-sterile medical equipment.
- Sexual contact.
Is Hep C Curable?
If left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause serious scarring in the liver, cancer, and liver failure. However, nowadays, advanced treatment and care make it possible for individuals who have been infected with Hepatitis C to fully recover with minimal side effects. An individual will be considered cured when tests can no longer detect traces of the virus in their blood three months after the end of the treatment.
How Can I Protect Myself From Hep C?
The most effective way to prevent Hepatitis C is to avoid using any item that has potentially been into contact with another individual’s blood.
Despite the chances of sexual Hep C transmission being low, they are not nonexistent. Therefore, barrier methods are recommended.
Additionally, if you think you might have contracted Hep C, it is paramount that you get tested right away to begin treatment and avoid transmitting the virus.
Hep C Care For All
If you know or believe you have contracted Hep C, it is crucial that you visit a trusted healthcare professional right away. At Novus, we are committed to offering a personalized approach to all our patients. From testing to diagnosis and treatment, our dedicated providers have the experience to come up with a plan to help cure your Hep C.
Request an appointment today on our website or give us a call at any of our 5 Pennsylvania locations!