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Hepatitis C is an infection that is caused by the hepatitis C virus. This virus targets and attacks the liver which can result in liver disease. Infection can be potentially life-threatening as damage to the liver caused by the virus accumulates leading to scarring and cirrhosis (a process in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with fibrosis scar tissue with impaired function). These individuals are placed at a high risk of death due to liver failure or liver cancer.
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) may be passed on from an individual that is infected with the virus to others through direct blood to blood contact. This may be achieved by sharing contaminated needles or other products that may have traces of blood on them including toothbrushes and razors. Exposure may also occur through unprotected sex, though the likelihood is much lower.
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Our Hepatitis C tracker tests for hepatitis C specific antibodies that are normally made by the body after being exposed to the virus. Detecting these antibodies can indicate you are currently infected with the virus or that you have been exposed to it and developed a previous infection that you may not have even realised. Therefore, given the test is positive for HCV antibodies, further tests are required to confirm the presence of an active HCV infection.
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