Hepatitis C is a fatal disease that captures people through their water intake and is an infection of the liver.
What Are the Symptoms?
Many people with hepatitis C have no symptoms. But you could notice these:
- Jaundice (a condition that causes yellow eyes and skin, as well as dark urine)
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
How can you get it?
The virus spreads through the blood or body fluids of an infected person.
It could be caught from:
- Sharing drugs and needles
- Having sex, especially if you have an STD, an HIV infection, several partners, or have rough sex
- Being stuck by infected needles
- Birth — a mother can pass it to a child
Who can get it?
It is better to get tested for Hepatitis C if you have:
- Received blood from a donor who had the disease.
- Have ever injected drugs.
- Had a blood transfusion or an organ transplant before July 1992.
- Received a blood product used to treat clotting problems before 1987.
- Were born between 1945 and 1965.
- Have been on long-term kidney dialysis.
- Have HIV.
- Were born to a mother with hepatitis C
- Have symptoms of liver disease
Hepatitis C is diagnosed by testing of blood for the virus.
How can it be treated?
Fortunately now medicine is available for the treatment of this disease and if identified in the early stages can be defeated. Doctors prescribe drugs accordingly. But the best way to steer clear of diseases such as these are to be aware of potential causes and work to prevent it happening in the first place because it has no symptoms, it is often caught too late.
Pakistan has the world’s second highest prevalence of hepatitis C, second only to Egypt. A survey done in 2007 found that almost 7% of people in Punjab had hepatitis C, while around 5% of people were infected in the entire country.
Serious changes are needed to be made in the handling of procedures in this country to ensure safe and healthy medical help is provided on a large scale.