Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus which can cause serious damage to your liver. 

If left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening harm. The virus is spread through exposure to infected blood and the symptoms can go unoticed for many years.

You could be at risk of hepatitis C if you have ever:

  • Had unprotected sex with someone who may have had hepatitis C, especially if there were opportunities for blood to blood contact
  • Had dental or medical treatment abroad in unsterile conditions.
  • Shared needles or other equipment used for injecting drugs
  • Received a blood transfusion before 1996
  • Had a piercing, tattoo, electrolysis, semi permanent make up or acupuncture using equipment which may have not been sterilised

 You can do a free, confidential hepatitis C test at home. You prick your finger to get some blood and then send the blood to get tested.