Hepatitis C: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • No vaccine is currently available for HCV
  • Patients are to be counselled to minimise the transmission.
  • Avoid having unprotected sex with someone, including anal and oral sex, unless you are sure they are immunised against hepatitis B.
  • If you are an injecting drug user, never share your needles with other drug users.
  • Take some sensible precautions to avoid the spread of infection, such not sharing toothbrushes or razors with other people.

Watch Out

  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

When to See Doctor

Consult your doctor if you
  • Have a skin rash or unusual skin reaction around the injection sites
  • Develop symptoms of hepatitis C
  • Have a fever or other sign of infection that lasts more than 48 hours
  • Have discomfort in chest area
  • Notice changes in your vision
  • Have swelling in feet, legs and ankles

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