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Hepatitis C, or hepatitis C, is a disease that epidemiologists still warn us about. There are many dangers, and many of them cannot be avoided, e.g. it is difficult to give up checkups, visits to the dentist or gynecologist. What do you need to know to feel safe and not be afraid of contracting hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C , otherwisehepatitis C , is a very dangerous disease. Worse, there is no vaccine for it. However, there are ways to protect yourself from it.
- First of all, get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B - vaccines are widely available.
hepatitis C: take a blood test
- Even with your own money, because the cost is low (about PLN 30), do a blood test for HCV. The basic test is a serological test to detect anti-HCV antibodies that appear 8-10 weeks after infection. If the result is positive, you will be referred to an infectious disease clinic, where - to confirm the presence of anti-HCV antibodies - a test is performed to detect the genetic material of the virus in the blood (it appears as early as 1-2 weeks after infection). PCR tests (for the uninsured - about PLN 300) are used to determine the presence of viral nucleic acid and its concentration in the blood serum.
Hepatitis C prophylaxis: injection or dressing change only with gloves