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What is in the hepatitis C self-test kit?
The test for hepatitis C uses a blood sample, collected from a finger prick. The kit contains:
- an alcohol swab to clean your finger
- a small lancet to make a tiny cut in your fingertip
- a sample tube
You’ll need to drop a very small amount of blood into the sample tube.
You can customise your self-test kits and to test for. Read more about other common sexual infections and the kits Fettle provides.
Should I get tested?
We only recommend hepatitis C testing for people who have injected drugs and men who have sex with men who have multiple partners or are taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV).
You should seek immediate medical advice if you think you have been exposed to hepatitis C, or if you have any symptoms. The virus can be treated effectively if treatment is started during the early stages of infection.
What are the symptoms?
During the early stages of infection there may not be any symptoms. If symptoms do develop, this is usually within the first six months after infection. Those who do get symptoms may experience:
- flu-like symptoms, such as fever, muscle aches and loss of appetite
- feeling tired all the time
- abdominal pain
- nausea and vomiting
- loss of appetite and weight loss.
Some people clear the virus after this initial stage. However, some people do not clear the virus without treatment and so they will develop a long term infection called chronic hepatitis. This can cause damage to the liver (cirrhosis) and can lead to liver cancer.
It can take up to 12 weeks for hepatitis C to show up in tests
When should I get tested for hepatitis C?
It is best to wait 4 weeks after potential exposure to take a hepatitis C test, but in some cases it can take up to 6 months for the infection to show in results. Our clinicians can help advise you about this when you place an order with Fettle.
What is hepatitis C and how is it transmitted?
Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect and damage the liver. It is carried in the blood, and is usually transmitted through blood to blood contact. This might be through sharing needles when injecting drugs, a cut in the skin that comes into contact with infected blood, use of unsterilised equipment when getting a tattoo or body piercing, or sharing razors of toothbrushes that are contaminated with infected blood or other bodily fluids.
It can be transmitted through sex, although this is rare and can be prevented by using a condom.
How long do hepatitis C test results take?
Fettle is committed to delivering your results within 72 hours of receiving your samples.
If your result is reactive, a Fettle clinician will call you to discuss your diagnosis, treatment options and help you find your nearest clinic.
If your result is negative, we’ll let you know by text message as soon as your results are available.
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How is hepatitis C treated?
Hepatitis C can be treated with antiviral medicines designed to stop the virus from multiplying inside the body and to prevent liver damage. The sooner the treatment begins after exposure to the Hepatitis C virus, the more likely it is to succeed.
If the virus is cleared with treatment, you are not immune to future infections of Hepatitis C.
Shall I tell my partner(s) I have hepatitis C?
If you are diagnosed with hepatitis C you should tell anyone who you may have had blood to blood contact with, or unprotected sex with, since you became infected. In some cases this may be hard to work out, so it is best to discuss the risks to others with a clinician. Any contacts may have the virus without knowing it, and could pass it on to others, so it is important for them to get tested.
If you have an STI, you should tell all of your current sexual partners and anyone else you've had sex with in the last 6 months
How to avoid hepatitis C
- never share any drug-injecting equipment with other people (not just needles, but syringes, spoons and filters)
- don’t get tattoos or piercings from unlicensed places
- don’t share razors, toothbrushes or towels that might be contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids
- use a condom, especially with a new partner, for anal and oral sex. You can order male and female condoms here.
Does hepatitis C affect fertility?
Some studies suggests that hepatitis C can affect a woman’s fertility. However, information is very limited.
Where can I get help with the blood sample test?
Can my partner tell if I have Hepatitis C?
They will be able to tell if you have symptoms of infection but not if you don’t. However, it is important that you tell your partner since you have passed the infection to them.. Your partner(s) will need to be tested and may need treatment. Your partner could develop serious symptoms if untreated, or could pass the infection onto someone else.
What is antiviral medication?
Antiviral medication usually acts to prevent a virus from multiplying.
Can I be infected with hepatitis C more than once?
Yes, it is possible to be reinfected with hepatitis C if you come into contact with the infection again.
Tests we offer
- Genital Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea£26
- Rectal Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea£26
- Oral Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea£26
- Hepatitis B£26
- Hepatitis C£26
Save up to 20% when you buy multiple tests.