What is Hepatitis C?
The Hepatitis C Virus is an infectious blood-borne virus that affects the liver.
How do you catch Hepatitis C?
Hep C is not spread by casual contact. You can not catch it through kissing, hugging, sharing utensils or sharing food. Having sex is considered low risk for the spread of Hep C but the risk increases with the number of partners you have. Wear a condom, practice safer sex, there are still lots of other STDs to worry about!!!
DO NOT, EVER, SHARE needles, straws for snorting, spoons, pipes or any other drug-related equipment.
DO NOT SHARE toothbrushes, nail clippers or razors. Remember Hep C is spread by blood to blood contact.
NEVER get a tattoo with home-made equipment. Make sure the needles and ink are new and not used before. The same goes for ALL piercing equipment. Tattooing and piercing businesses are not inspected by government agencies. ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS!!
HEP C can also be passed on with acupuncture. Make sure every needle has only been used once an is sterile.
HEP C can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy.
Donated blood was not screened before the 90′s for Hep C.
How do I know if I have it?
Many people do not know they have Hep C because for some there may not be any symptoms or symptoms are delayed for years. Your liver can be damaged and you may not even know! Even if you do not know you have Hep C you can still pass it on!
Where do I get tested?
Sexual Health Centre
1st Floor Mercantile Centre
55 Union Street
Hep C testing is confidential, but not anonymous. You must provide your name.
For more information call the office or stop by to pick up brochures