DO YOU THINK YOU MAY OF BEEN EXPOSED TO HEPATITIS C?
Taking a test will put your mind at rest or, if the test is positive, allow you to start treatment early.
You should consider getting tested for hepatitis C if you’re worried you could have been infected or you fall into one of the groups at an increased risk of being infected. Hepatitis C often has no symptoms, so you may still be infected if you feel healthy.
Some groups of people are at an increased risk of hepatitis C, including:
- ex-drug users and current drug users, particularly users of injected drugs
- people who received blood transfusions before September 1991 or blood products before 1986 in the UK
- UK recipients of organ or tissue transplants before 1992
- people who have lived or had medical treatment in an area where hepatitis C is common – high-risk areas include Africa, the Middle East and central Asia
- babies and children whose mothers have hepatitis C
- anyone accidentally exposed to the virus, such as health workers
- people who have received a tattoo or piercing where equipment may not have been properly sterilised
- sexual partners, family members and close contacts of people with hepatitis C
If you continue to engage in high-risk activities, such as injecting drugs frequently, regular testing may be recommended.
Location: Church on the Street, Bethesda Street, Burnley, BB11 1PR
Time: Fortnightly, every Thursday, 9:00am – 12:00pm
To find out more about Hepatitis C please visit: HepCNHS