Travel Health Advice - Hepatitis C
What is it? A viral infection that is often asymptomatic, although may cause symptoms including gradual onset of weight loss, abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting, and possibly jaundice. Such patients are at risk of developing long-lasting chronic infection, leading to cirrhosis and/or liver cancer. How is it transmitted? Contaminated needles, syringes or skin piercing instruments. Where is it present? Worldwide. Level of risk? Proportional to risk behaviours. What can I do to prevent getting it? Avoid using unclean needles, syringes or tattoo needles, and engage in safe sex. Treatment? interferon alfa-2b (Intron A).