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Your Liver and Hepatitis C, know the exposures and be safe

In this article, I will be letting you know how you and I can get exposed to the virus that causes hepatitis C. This health issue can result in liver damage and as such, we need to take caution.

When a person contracts this liver infection, it can lead to serious damage in this one and only delicate organ. Unfortunately, it causes few symptoms, so most people don't know they have it. The mode of transmission of this viral agent spreads through an infected person’s blood or body fluids. 

More likely, between less than a week and 6 months after the virus enters your bloodstream, you could notice symptoms such as; clay-colored fecal waste, fever, fatigue, jaundice, stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, joint pain, and dark urine

Exposure to this virus entails: 

Sharing injection drugs and needles that may have been infected.

Having unprotected sexual intercourse, especially if you have HIV, another STD, or multiple partners.

That moment you are unlikely to get stuck by infected needles when searching a bag or trying to inject someone.

During delivery, a mother can pass the hepatitis C virus to her newborn 

Most people share personal care items such as toothbrushes, hair clippers, razor blades, and nail clippers

Getting a tattoo or piercing with unsterilized sharp objects. These days tattoos are fashionable and everyone longs to get a beautiful drawing or photo tattooed on their skin, using unclean equipment is high risk.

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If this condition goes untreated medically, it can lead to more severe ailments such as cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, liver cancer, and liver failure

The act of using needles to take illegal drugs. According to a study, this is one of the most common means to contract hepatitis C. Over 80% of new drug users get the disease within a short interval of six to twelve months.

There is medical and health staff that work with blood or needles, they're at risk too most especially doctors, nurses, and laboratory scientists. These sets of professionals are more likely to come in contact with blood and get accidental needle sticks.

Going on dialysis, a person undergoing this procedure may get the disease from equipment that wasn't cleaned well. 

Have a husband or partner who is already infected. Having mutual or close contact with an infected person puts you at risk.

Content created and supplied by: DrGeraldine (via Opera News )

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