WORLD HEPATITIS DAY IS JULY 28
Did you know Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Prior to 1992, when widespread screening of the blood supply began in the United States, Hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.
Is it possible to have Hepatitis C and not know it?
Yes, many people who are infected with the Hepatitis C virus do not know they are infected because they do not look or feel sick.
What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?
Most people with chronic Hepatitis C do not have symptoms. Approximately 70 - 80 % of people with acute Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. Some people can have mild to severe symptoms soon after being infected, including:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellow color in the skin or eyes)
Who should get tested for Hepatitis C?
- You were born from 1945 through 1965
- You are a current or former injection drug user, even if you injected only one time or many years ago.
- You were treated for a blood clotting problem before 1987.
- You received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before July 1992.
- You are on long-term hemodialysis treatment.
- You have abnormal liver tests or liver disease.
- You work in health care or public safety and were exposed to blood through a needlestick or other sharp object injury.
- You are infected with HIV.
Contact the Office of Community Health at (630)483-5665 or email email@example.com form more information or to schedule an appointment for a Hepatitis C screening. (self-pay clients only - Medicare/Medicaid recipients not eligible)