Three reasons to have a Hepatitis C test with Better2Know:
- Around half the people with Hepatitis C do not know they are infected
- There are new medications available, which can cure Hepatitis C
- Better2Know's friendly and experienced team are available 24/7 to help you to get tested
What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a viral infection. Most people with Hepatitis C will not have any symptoms for a number of years, but may start to feel tired and lacking in energy. Around three-quarters of all untreated Hepatitis C patients will develop a long term condition.
The virus is passed on through blood-to-blood contact and one common route is through the sharing of needles, often for recreational drug use. The virus can be passed on through oral, anal and vaginal intercourse. Hepatitis C can be transmitted by having a tattoo or body piercing with equipment that has not been properly sterilised, as well as sharing toothbrushes and razors. It can also be contracted from medical treatment or blood transfusions in developing countries, or from mother to baby during pregnancy or birth. Sexual transmission carries a higher risk amongst gay men and MSM, as well as the HIV positive community.
There are often no symptoms for the first few years of a Hepatitis C infection, underlining the importance of regular testing. Symptoms, as the infection starts to progress, can include:
- Aching limbs
- Digestive problems
- Brain fog
Over time the virus can cause significant and lasting liver damage.
Did You Know
An estimated 230,000 people in Australia are living with a chronic Hepatitis C infection, including 58,000 with moderate to severe liver disease. Read more.
With Better2Know, you can get tested for Hepatitis C on its own, or as part of a number of comprehensive sexual health screens. A blood sample is required for the test. Your results will be reported on our secure patient area as soon as they are ready.
If your exposure to Hepatitis C was high risk, it is recommended that you repeat this test 4 to 6 weeks later.
If you test positive for Hepatitis C, you will be referred to a specialist. They may choose to run more tests and help you to find the right medication for your condition.
An untreated Hepatitis C infection can cause cirrhosis, chronic inflammation of the liver, and potentially lead to liver cancer. It is important to get tested and treated quickly. Having an infection can increase your risk of acquiring other STIs, including HIV.
If you are pregnant, it is important that you inform your doctor or midwife staight away. They will be able to help to minimise the risk of transmission to your baby.
Booking your Hepatitis C test
Contact our welcoming Patient Services team on the telephone number above to book your Hepatitis C test today. You can also arrange your appointment online by selecting the Book Now button at the top of the page.