Hepatitis C Treatment

What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a contagious, blood-borne virus that causes liver inflammation and kills liver cells, permanently damaging the liver. Hepatitis C infections are more common than you think and can have devastating impacts for individuals in their later years of life. The current treatment options have demonstrated a 95% cure rate.

How is Hepatitis C treated?

  • The new Hepatitis C treatment option includes taking one pill per day with few side effects. The length of treatment may take 8 or 12 weeks depending on the genotype of the virus, your level of cirrhosis, and any previous Hepatitis C treatment.
  •  If you are concerned that you have been exposed to Hepatitis C, contact CATC right away. Treatment is effective and offers a 95% cure rate.

How can I get tested for Hepatitis C?

There is no referral required to visit a specialist at CATC. Our Hepatitis C test consists of three parts. For more information on Hep C Testing, contact us at 1-877-937-2282 or complete the form below. If treatment is required, you can begin right away – often within just one week.

Who is at risk for Hepatitis C?

People who…

  • Use(d) drugs and share(d) needles, pipes or other equipment. If you have ever experimented with drugs it’s very important to get tested
  • Received body piercing or tattoos with non-sterile instruments
  • Have/had HIV and/or Hepatitis B
  • Were born to mothers infected with the Hepatitis C virus
  • Were born between 1955 and 1975 and were in contact with poorly sterilized medical equipment (before universal precautions and infection control procedures were adopted)
  • Were born outside of Canada
  • Have had a blood transfusion before 1992 as blood donations were not tested for the Hep C virus
  • Hemodialysis patients or persons who spent many years on dialysis for kidney failure

What are the symptoms of acute/chronic Hepatitis C?

Approximately 70%–80% of people with acute Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. Some people, however, can have mild to severe symptoms soon after being infected, including:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice (yellow colour in the skin or eyes)

How soon after exposure to Hepatitis C do symptoms appear?

Many people infected with the Hepatitis C virus do not develop symptoms. If symptoms do occur, the average time is 6–7 weeks after exposure, but this can range from 2 weeks to 6 months.

Can a person spread Hepatitis C without having symptoms?

Yes, even if a person with Hepatitis C has no symptoms, he or she can still spread the virus to others.

Is it possible to have Hepatitis C and not know it?

Yes, many people infected with the Hepatitis C virus do not realize it because they do not look or feel sick.

What are the long-term effects of Hepatitis C?

75% of people who have Hepatitis C could potentially develop chronic liver disease and liver cancer. Long term liver damage (cirrhosis) can have many effects on the body, including:

  • Digestion – Painful digestion, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite
  • Central Nervous System – Confusion, forgetfulness, disorientation, shaking, slurred speech, and even a coma
  • Circulatory System – Hypertension, internal bleeding, swollen legs and abdomen, anemia, and type 2 diabetes
  • Hair, Skin, and Nails – Hair loss, jaundice, and softened yellow fingernails

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