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Hepatitis C

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By Dr Helen Webberley MBChB MRCGP MFSRH | GMC no. 3657058

I am an NHS GP and a sexual health and hormone specialist. I can give advice on any medical matter, and I offer safe access to medical advice, prescription medication, blood tests and x-rays, and specialist referrals to your local private hospital as needed.

Hepatitis C

Viral infection, blood borne virus bbv

  • Spread through blood to blood contact
  • Causes infection of the liver
  • Most commonly spread through sharing needles for injecting drugs and MSM having unprotected anal sex
  • 2 stage of infection – acute and chronic

Frequently Asked Questions

How can Hepatitis C be sexually transmitted?
  • Only sexual activities that increase the risk of exposure to blood are considered risky including
  • Unprotected anal sex
  • Sharing sex toys that have been used anally
  • Vaginal sex during menstruation
  • Any sexual activity which may cause potential of blood to blood contact
  • Engaging in higher risk activities- Chemsex, sharing drugs whilst engaging in sexual activities
How else can Hepatitis C be transmitted?
  • Receiving a blood transfusion in some countries abroad where screening is not performed
  • Having tattoo, piercings dental work in unregistered environments abroad
  • Other non sexual activity that is consider risky is sharing injecting drug equipment/sharing any item that may be contaminated with blood, eg toothbrush, razor
How will I know if I have Hepatitis C?
  • Symptoms are very general ranging from flu-like symptom, aching joints, stomach pain, itchy skin, dark urine
  • If you consider you may have been at risk of being infected with Hep C  take a test. This is a 2 fold test to check if you have ever been exposed to the hep C virus, and then to establish if the virus is still active and treatment is required.
  • 20% of people who become infected with Hep C will clear the virus with no ongoing problems
  • Online testing and treatment is available
If my result is positive what is the treatment?
  • Treatment in the acute phase is very effective and can clear hepatitis C from the blood preventing liver damage
  • many people are unaware that their symptoms could be anything other than flu and diagnosis at this stage is not common, leading to the chronic phase
  • There are oral medications which are available online- a daily tablet taken once or twice a day for between 8-48 weeks
  • Self help lifestyle changes will reduce possible damage to the liver and prevent spread of infection to others, these include generally healthy lifestyle advice- stop smoking, healthy diet, stop/reduce alcohol, don’t share personal items
Are there any long term effects?
  • Chronic infection can cause more serious disease of the liver eg cirrhosis

 

Safe, real prescriptions to help you

Whether you know what treatment works for you or you need advice on what you should take,

ask me here about safe prescriptions to help with your condition.

Tests

We can offer three packages for sexual health screening

Package 1

Basic Chlamydia/gonorrhoea urine test

Package 2

Test for 7 infections- Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma Genitalium, Ureaplasma, Trichomonas vaginalis, Herpes Simplex 1/11 and Gardnerella vaginalis

Package 3

Blood tests- HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C

Contact me now for advice, prescriptions, blood tests and referrals.

Please note that this service does not aim to replace advice given to you by your own doctor, it is meant to supplement your health knowledge and awareness.

It is never to be used in the case of a medical emergency.

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