Viral Hepatitis C: What is it and where to check out yourself?

Viral hepatitis C - a disease caused by a virus that can be transmitted through the blood from one person to another. The disease primarily affects the liver and predetermines to the physical and emotional state of the person, in addition, it is a potential threat to life. As a result of the virus, the liver is damaged, which can not cope with the fulfillment of vital functions. Vaccines against hepatitis C do not exist. But in many cases a patient can be cured.

Symptoms may appear and disappear. Some people have no symptoms for many years, while others may feel fatigue, sweating (especially at night), muscle aches, loss of appetite and concentration. In later stages of the disease, when the liver is damaged more seriously, jaundice, itching, internal bleeding and clogging may occur.

Risk factors:

  • Getting cosmetic services, which includ contact with blood, as well as tattoos and piercings;

  • Staying on hemodialysis and / or often getting blood transfusion (or its components);

  • Birth of a mother who has hepatitis B diagnosed;

  • Sexual relations with a person who has been diagnosed with hepatitis B virus;

  • Being affiliated with people who have or have had numerous sexual contacts or remunerated sexual services;

  • Working in the field of health or another area that is potentially in contact with the blood;

  • Accommodation with a person who has been diagnosed with hepatitis B virus

  • Staying in countries with high prevalence of hepatitis B virus;

  • Living with HIV and / or the hepatitis C virus or have chronic liver disease;

  • Injecting drug use.

It is possible to undergo examination and treatment of hepatitis C virus in one of the institutions located on the map.

Accordingly: there are three types of tests for the detection of hepatitis C infection:

1. An antibody test for VGC determines whether you have ever had a virus. Some people get rid of the virus naturally, without medical assistance;

2. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) shows whether the virus is present in your body now. If the PCR test is positive, additional testing will show the genotype (strain) of the virus;

3. Genotyping (determining the genotype of the virus): the genotype determines the treatment that you will receive.

 

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