Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C may not cause symptoms for years or even decades, while slowly damaging the liver. Over time, chronic hepatitis C can cause serious health problems and is a leading cause of liver cancer and the number one cause of liver transplants.
What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
- Most people with hepatitis C do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. Hepatitis C may not cause symptoms for years or even decades, while slowly damaging the liver.
- People with chronic hepatitis C can live for decades without symptoms or feeling sick. When symptoms do appear, they are often a sign of advanced liver disease.
- Symptoms of hepatitis C may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Grey-colored stools
- Joint pain and/or jaundice
Who should get tested for hepatitis C?
The CDC recommends hepatitis C testing for people who:
- Are 18 years of age and older (get tested at least once in your lifetime)
- Are pregnant (get tested during each pregnancy)
- Currently inject drugs (get tested regularly)
- Have ever injected drugs, even if it was just once or many years ago
- Have HIV
- Have abnormal liver tests or liver disease
- Are on hemodialysis
- Received donated blood or organs before July 1992
- Received clotting factor concentrates before 1987
- Have been exposed to blood from a person who has hepatitis C
- Were born to a mother with hepatitis C
Does Human Services offer hepatitis C testing?
Wake County offers FREE hepatitis C testing at several convenient locations:
- Eastern Regional Center: Call 919-404-3900 for an appointment.
- Northern Regional Center: Call 919-562-6300 for an appointment.
- Southern Regional Center: Call 919-557-2501 for an appointment.
- Sunnybrook (Public Health Center): Call 919-250-3900 for an appointment.
** At this time, due to COVID-19, hepatitis C screening is limited to our Sunnybrook location. Call 919-250-4410 to make an appointment.