The diagnosis of hepatitis can be done through a blood test, liver biopsy or a serological test.
It is urgent that people take the exam, especially those who received blood at some time in life before 1992, and get to know if they have the virus.
We will, through our network of international partners, be releasing details of where the test can be done.
According to the World Health Organization 400 million people worldwide are affected with Hepatitis B and C and among this number only a few are actually aware of it.
I HAVE HEPATITIS C. AND NOW?
Stay calm! You do not have a death sentence. Rather, hepatitis C has both treatment and a cure.
Hepatitis C, although it is lethal, because it eventually leads to cirrhosis and in a few cases also to liver cancer, is slow-acting in your organism. Most of those infected with it have the virus for decades without any complication.
However, if it is left untreated for a long time, the virus will cause irreversible damage. So the important thing is to treat it.
THE FIRST STEPS TO BE TAKEN
These are the steps you should follow, once diagnosed with the HCV virus:
1 – IMMEDIATELY AND DEFINITIVELY stop the consumption of alcoholic beverages;
2 – Look for a hepatologist (liver specialist);
3 – Undergo (with a doctor´s authorisation ) blood tests to detect, especially:
a-Which Genotype of the virus you have (there are 3 major genotypes in chronic hepatitis C – genotypes 1, 2 and 3);
b-Viral load (to see the amount of virus particles in the body);
c-Other indicators that the doctor will suggest, to ascertain the exact situation of the liver;
d- Liver biopsy or biopsy or Fibro-scan examination (an alternative for up to 70% of biopsies).