Hepatitis C is a virus that is transmitted by blood to blood contact. It can be passed on sexually if you have a cut or tear in your genital region. Hepatitis C usually affects the liver and can become a long-term chronic infection. Symptoms can take years or even decades to appear. The only way to know your status is to get tested.
Did You Know:
One of the principle aims of the World Health Assembly’s Global Health Sector Strategy is to eradicate Hepatitis C by the year 2030.
How is Hepatitis C transmitted?
Hepatitis C is transmitted through exposure to infected blood. This can be through unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex. It is more common amongst the MSM community. It can also be transferred through various other methods such as sharing personal items like needles or razors, or being the recipient of contaminated blood (for example from: blood transfusions, tattoos or body piercings).
How will I know if I have Hepatitis C?
Most people with Hepatitis C will not realise for a long period of time. Symptoms will start to develop and can include:
- Aching limbs or joint pain
- Digestive problems
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Brain fog
What tests are available for Hepatitis C?
Better2Know provides a range of testing options for Hepatitis C. The test requires a single a blood sample to detect infection. You can test for Hepatitis C on its own or as part of our more comprehensive screens:
- Early Detection Screen
- Platinum Screen
- Conclusive Screen
How is the infection treated?
If you test positive for Hepatitis C, your Better2Know doctor may refer you to a specialist. Your specialist will carry out further tests to assess the effect the virus is having on your body and advise on the best treatment options for you. Medical advancements mean there are now effective drugs to treat Hepatitis C.
Careful monitoring of the infection is usually recommended. Treatment may include antiviral drugs to help your body rid itself of the virus. You will be advised to have regular check-ups to monitor your reaction to the drugs.
How can I book my test with Better2Know?
To book a Hepatitis C test with Better2Know today, simply call our trained Patient Services team on the number above. They will process your booking and answer any additional questions you may have concerning our services in Asia. You can also arrange your appointment online using the Book Now button at the top of the page.