World Hepatitis Day

28.07.2024

World Hepatitis Day is a day celebrated annually to focus on Hepatitis C (Hep C) – the viral infection that infects the liver. If it is left untreated it can lead to further complications such as chronic liver disease. Hep C is usually curable with medication and usually leads patients to live a normal healthy life.

Symptoms;

It is easy to dismiss symptoms of Hep C as a different medical conditions. This means that unfortunately a lot of people who have Hep C can be carrying the infection without knowing. The most common symptoms of Hep C are as listed;

  • Flu like symptoms
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach Problems
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Fatigued

The only way to establish if these symptoms are related to Hep C is by being tested. The test is usually done by a blood test – this can also be done by a self-testing home kit (finger prick test).

If you are concerned about this please contact your GP Surgery to discuss this with a health professional for reassurance or further testing.