Hepatitis C Virus


In the UK there is a 1% to 1.9% risk of Hepatitis C infection. In some places in the world, for example, many North African countries, the risk is up to 3 times higher. Unfortunately there is no vaccine against Hepatitis C, so you cannot be immunised at this point in time. However, if the infection is diagnosed, there are several effective drugs that can be prescribed that can prevent liver damage, so getting a correct early diagnosis is key.

The people most at risk of contracting Hepatitis C are:

  • Anyone using needles to inject drugs
  • Anyone working in the health industry
  • People who have had piercings done with unsterilised equipment
  • Anyone in the UK that had a blood transfusion before September 1991
  • Anyone in the UK that received an organ or tissue transplant prior to 1992
  • Babies who were born while their mother was carrying the active Hep C virus
  • Anyone indulging in unprotected sex with an infected partner

Are you travelling to a risk area?

If you are going to be travelling abroad, and you are going to countries where Hepatitis C is prevalent (check out this link to the World Healthcare Organisation (WHO) where you will find an interactive map).

215,000 people currently suffer from chronic Hepatitis C in the UK

Whilst Hepatitis C is relatively rare in the UK, according to figures published on the NHS Choices website, approximately 215,000 people currently suffer from the chronic stage of the disease. Hep C develops in 2 stages. The first stage, (which lasts approximately 6 months) is known as acute Hepatitis, and during the first six months of infection, many people self-heal without any sort of treatment. It is likely that the majority of people who self-heal within the initial six-month period may never know that they have been infected with the virus, because in many cases it is totally symptomless.

No appointment necessary

All of the STI clinics in London can both test you for an existing Hep C infection, and/or will be able to offer you the vaccination for future protection. Most clinics test only by appointment, but at Broadgate GP Sexual Health Clinic in London, we welcome visitors to walk-in any time during our opening hours (Mon – Thurs 08:00 to 18:30 – Fri 08:00 to 17:30).

If you would like more information about our Sexual Health Clinic, don’t hesitate to contact us today on 020 7638 4330.

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