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Common Questions About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a disease that is caused by a virus called the Hepatitis C virus. It is an infection that attacks a person's liver once it gets inside the body. It is common among those that are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

How is Hepatitis C transmitted from one person to another?

The easiest way for the Hepatitis C virus to travel from one person to another is via blood. So, if you use a needle or syringe that has already been used by another person who, unfortunately, carries the Hepatitis C virus, you are actually putting yourself at risk of also contracting the disease.

Also, be careful when receiving blood or if you are undergoing a blood transfusion. The health workers have to make sure that they are giving you has been tested to be free from Hepatitis C.

How can you protect yourself against Hepatitis C?

The best advice here is to stay away from the common transmission ways of Hepatitis C. Do not ever use any used needles or syringes. Stay away from any activity that would put you in jeopardy. Also, every time you need to handle blood or anything sharp, make sure that you are wearing the right kind of gear or outfit so as to prevent any accidents.

How do you diagnose Hepatitis C?

To diagnose Hepatitis C, one should get a Hepatitis C test. This can be done by a health professional in a clinic or health center, or you can personally conduct the test by using a rapid Hepatitis C test kit which you can buy online from STD Rapid Test Kits.

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