What is Hepatitis-C?
- Hep C is a virus that infects the liver
- About 3.5 million people in the U.S. have Hep C, and most do not even know they have it!
- There is NO vaccine for Hep C
- If you have Hep C, you CAN BE CURED.
What happens if Hep-C goes untreated?
- Cirrhosis of the liver (liver scars and turns into a stone)
- Liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma - HCC)
- Liver failure
- Liver transplant
How do you get Hep-C?
- From blood-to-blood contact with Hep C infected blood
- Hep C can live outside the body for over 3 weeks at room temperature
- Sharing snorting devices (bills, straws, etc.)
- Sharing needles
- Getting tattoos or body piercings with unsterile tools
- Being born to a mother who has Hep C
- Having surgery before 1992 that may have required you getting blood
- Getting a blood transfusion before 1992
- Getting an organ transplant before 1992
- Having dialysis before 1992
- Being in the military around the Vietnam/Korean-era
- Being a baby boomer (born between the years of 1945-1965)
- Sharing toothbrushes, razors, nail files or other personal care items with a Hep C infected person
Are there any symptoms for Hep-C?
- Very tired all the time (fatigued)
Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in your belly area
- Dark Urineâ
- Gray-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
Organizations in the Addiction Recovery Community
Would you be interested in FREE, RAPID Hep C & HIV testing at your facility? Would you be interested in staff education on HEP C, HIV, STD’s in 2019?
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