My parents were talking about hepatitis C and getting tested. What is it and how can I get it? Do I need to get tested?

My parents told me I needed to get tested for hepatitis C because I used IV drugs in the past and have some home piercings and tattoos. What is it exactly?

Hepatitis C is a contagious infection that affects your liver that can cause liver cancer or liver failure if it’s not treated. Hepatitis C is spread mostly through contact with infected blood by sharing needles and “works” used for injecting drugs. Hepatitis C is also spread through non-sterile tattooing needles and ink, or body piercing needles. Sometimes hepatitis C passes from an infected mom to her baby during childbirth. Symptoms might include mild fatigue, fever, nausea, and dark urine.


To get tested check out to find a testing center near you. The hepatitis C test is a simple blood test. Ask your doctor or nurse for an HIV test as well.


Hepatitis C treatment includes antiviral medications that are used to clear the body of the virus. The medicines can be 90% effective at curing hepatitis C! So make sure you get tested!


You can prevent getting hepatitis C by using a condom every time you have sex, using clean and sterile needles, and by not sharing them with anyone.


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Thanks for looking after yourself.


Take care,
Auntie Manda