What causes Hepatitis?
It can be caused by excessive alcohol, toxic chemicals, some drugs, auto-immune diseases, some gall bladder diseases and viral infections. Viruses, which attack liver cells, are known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, F and G.
Infection with this virus is common and at least 4 million Americans have contracted hepatitis C. This gives a prevalence of around 1.6% of the population, which means that approximately one in every 63 people carry the hepatitis C virus.
Do you need a test for Hepatitis C?
If you received a blood transfusion or blood products before routine screening of donor blood was introduced (before February 1990), or if you have ever shared equipment (needles, spoons, swabs, torniquets, etc.) for injecting any drugs, it is important that you ask your doctor for a blood test for hepatitis C. If you have been tattooed, had body piercing or needle-stick injuries you should also consider being tested for hepatitis C.