If you use our services please visit our coronavirus page to see advice and information
Hepatitis C is a viral infection which affects the Liver and it is estimated that approximately 214,000 people in the UK are currently infected with 49% of his group being ex or current injecting drug users.
There are a lot of myths around Hepatitis C but it is a treatable disease with medication and the treatment regimens are much more successful and much less problematic than they once were. Historically, it has been a difficult illness to treat and has not always had the greatest success rate. But, in recent years this has changed significantly with some miraculous breakthroughs in treatment. Today treatment is so much easier and in some instances has a success rate of 90% when the course of treatment has been completed and complied with.
How do we recognise the need for treatment?
If the infection is diagnosed in the first 6 months or in the acute phase treatment may not always be necessary straight away.
If the infection is diagnosed in later stages or in the chronic phase treatment will be commenced in line with the advice of clinician’s.
20% of people who get Hepatitis C will clear the infection spontaneously.
There are six main strains or genotypes of Hepatitis C and the most common in the UK are types 1 and 3. The treatment on offer will be the most effective for the strain or strains which the individual is infected with. This medication is usually taken for 8 to 12 weeks.
A fibro scan can be offered to determine the damage to the liver.
What treatments are available?
Direct acting Antivirals (DAA’s) are available
In 2021 it has never been easier to get tested and complete treatment. Then we can all enjoy saying “Hep C U Later.”