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You may be unsure of how to test for Hepatitis C or even what it is. Hepatitis C is usually caused by infectious blood. It can be transferred in to the skin by entering the skin of another person. Hepatitis C is actually several times more contagious than HIV. You can be infected with the virus in a number of ways for instance:-

  • Sexual contact Intravenous drug use
  • Blood/blood product transfusions
  • Organ transplants
  • Tattoos and body piercings
  • Birth to an HIV infected mother
  • Sharing toothbrushes, razors, scissors, manicuring sets.
  • Medical procedures

There are actually two main types of Hepatitis C to look out for...

Hepatitis C is very difficult to determine especially in the early stages of the disease. Most people aren’t even aware of Hepatitis C symptoms. This virus can attack your liver in a serious way. According to recent statistics, around 80% of individuals with acute forms of Hepatitis C don't even realize they have any problems. In many cases it can take quite a while for Hepatitis C symptoms to surface which can include:- -

  • Developing a fever
  • Having a poor appetite
  • Feeling tired and fatigued

There are other warning signs too. If you're suffering from nausea or vomiting, pains in your stomach, joint or muscle pains or a yellowing in your eyes or skin, you might have the Hepatitis C virus. Generally, symptoms are likely to occur around six or seven weeks after exposure. Unfortunately the virus can take as long as six months to 10 years before you may be aware of any symptoms. There are actually two main types of Hepatitis C to look out for, acute Hepatitis C and chronic Hepatitis C. The length of time you have the virus can depend on the type of Hepatitis C infection. With acute hepatitis, the symptoms are more short term or lasting for around six months or less.

Chronic hepatitis can last a lifetime because your body will find it difficult to get rid of the virus. As the old saying goes, prevention is the best form of cure. This is certainly true where Hepatitis C is concerned. Take all the preventative measures you can to avoid developing this condition. Make sure you practice safe sex, enjoy it but plan ahead by not sleeping around with different partners. If you want to have tattoos or piercings, make sure the needles used are clean and sterile. Remember to avoid sharing needles as well as personal items that may come in contact with the skin. Don't practice intravenous drug taking, is it worth it when you can catch Hepatitis C?

The Hepatitis Test kit at Home:-

If you have any doubts regarding Hepatitis C, don’t delay in buying a home test kit. A small fingerstick blood sample at home can provide:- 

  • Accurate test results
  • Are completely anonymous
  • An alternative to visiting the doctors or a sexual health clinic

Hepatitis C

An estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States have a chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Many don’t know they are infected because they don’t feel or look sick. Treatment is changing and evolving all the time and more patients are being helped every day. Diagnosing Hepatitis C as early as possible will provide you with better treatment. To find out more about diagnosis, symptoms and treatment for Hepatitis C, check out some of the following resources.  

Hepatitis C FAQs: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov

Who should get testes for Hepatitis C: The Liver Foundation: www.hepc.liverfoundation.org

Living with Hepatitis C: Hepatitis International Foundation: www.hepfi.org

Foods to avoid, treatment options and more: www.hepatitiscentral.com

Finding help and support: www.webmd.com