Fact: Approximately 80% of people do not exhibit any symptoms following initial infection. Which is why in most cases, people who get infected won’t realise even decades later until serious damage is done to the liver.
Short answer is, through contact with blood from unsafe medium. The long answer would be through exposure to blood from unsafe injection practices, unscreened blood transfusions, injection drug use, and sexual practices that lead to blood exposure.
It’s important to remain vigilant and aware especially if you’re amongst the high-risk group of the population.
One of the biggest challenges in getting people tested is the stigma that surrounds risk groups. Stigma can be hurtful, and it could potentially discourage people from getting tested and ultimately getting treatment.
This stigma could cause lower self-esteem, diminished mental health, less access to medical-care, and fear of disclosing a positive status. This fear of disclosure could lead to lesser social support and reluctance by medical providers to care for HCV-positive patients. Avoiding stigma may be tough but there are ways of coping with it such as educating yourself and others, getting support, joining a patient advocacy group, challenging stereotypes, and confronting stigma.
So, take charge of your health. Make an appointment today to get screened.
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