Diagnosed with Hepatitis C and yet not shared it with anyone? Do it now!
Hepatitis C is a severe viral infection that causes liver inflammation, leading to serious liver damage. This virus is said to be spread through contaminated blood.
Hepatitis C also known as Hep C has some very common and visible symptoms. To name a few:
- Poor Appetite
- Dark colored urine
- Itchy skin
- Weight Loss
- Leg Swell
There are chances that HCV might not get diagnosed due to lack of symptoms, we call it Acute Hepatitis C. During this acute period, the patient will feel the following symptoms; Fever, joint pain, nausea, and discomfort.
Acute Hepatitis C turns into Chronic when the infection stays in the body for almost six months. Doctors confirm Chronic Hepatitis C once the HCV infection gets detected twice.
This does not stop here! Chronic infection if not get the right treatment, it can result in causing liver failure, cirrhosis or liver cancer after 20 to 30 years.
Chronic infection is curable with the right amount of medications taken as prescribed. Medicines remove the HCV virus from the body.
Every disease comes with myths and facts, so does Hepatitis C.
The major myth of any disease is always about how it spreads. People are afraid to come out openly with Hep C in public because of the fear of a boycott. Stop! Because Hep C does not spread by kissing, hugging, cooking, sharing food, holding hands or even coughing or sneezing. You are not affected by Hep C patient until direct blood contact.
Apart from this, even your sex life doesn’t get affected till it’s a protective sex. The risk of Hep C transmitting to anyone sexually is low if the person has one long-term sexual partner. On the other hand, if involved in multiple sex, HIV or engaged in rough sex can spread the virus during sex.
The myth says Hep C affects pregnancy and breastfeeding and the fact says, to an extent! As per world Journal of Gastroenterology the risk of transmission is believed to be low with 3 to 5% risk. The study says, about 4 out of 100 infants born to mothers with HCV gets infected with Hep C.
Breastfeeding is safe until the time the woman is not feeding with cracked or bleeding nipples. If the woman is suffering from any of this, she is asked to stop feeding by the doctor until she recovers.
Remember how I started with the blog? I asked you to speak up about you being infected with Hep C rather than hiding it. People around you are safe with you, it’s just the matter of taking prescribed precautions.
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