Take down hep c is a movement to encourage people who are at risk to get tested for hep c antibodies.

Fact - More than 50% of people with chronic hep C in the US don't know they have it.

The hep C virus is spread through blood-to-blood contact. Hep C is a virus that leads to inflammation of the liver. The virus causes the immune system to attack healthy liver cells.

You should consider getting tested if you have:
  • Received a tattoo or body piercing with contaminated equipment or by a nonprofessional
  • Been on long-term hemodialysis
  • Received a blood transfusion, blood product, or organ transplant (before 1992)
  • Been infected with HIV
  • Been in jail or prison
  • Had sexual contact with a person with hep C
  • Shared a straw to snort drugs
  • Shared needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs
  • A mother who had hep C when you were born
  • Had an accidental needlestick injury in healthcare settings
  • Unexplained liver problems or inflammation, including abnormal liver tests


You should consider getting tested if you were:
  • Treated with clotting factors for hemophilia (a blood disorder) before 1987
  • Born between 1945 and 1965


GET TESTED IF YOU'RE AT RISK.

You may have
hep c
and not
even know it

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The only way to know for sure is to get tested.

Chronic hep C is considered a silent disease. People who are infected with the virus may not have symptoms. However, having hep C can still be causing damage to your liver. If symptoms do appear, they may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, joint pain, dark urine, and gray-colored stools. Hep C can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. So it's important to understand what the risk factors for hep C are. If you are at risk, get tested and learn your results so you can talk with your doctor about next steps, including treatment options. Hep C is a curable* disease.

*Cure means the hep C virus is not detectable in the blood months after treatment ends.

Fact - 60% to 70% of people with hep C will develop chronic liver disease.

Are you ready
to
take down
Hep C?

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Get tested for yourself, for your family, and for your community.

Take charge of your health and the health of the people around you. Get tested for hep C antibodies, and encourage others in your community who are at risk to get tested, too. Together, we can take down hep C.

Hep C is curable

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There are treatment options for hep c.

Being diagnosed with hep C can be a life changer. You should know that after you get tested for hep C antibodies, you should talk to your doctor about your results. If you test positive, your doctor will need to give you a confirmatory test to make sure you have the virus. If your doctor tells you that you have chronic hep C, you may be able to be cured.* It's important to discuss your diagnosis with your doctor to see what your options are.

*Cure means the hep C virus is not detectable in the blood months after treatment ends.

Learn about available treatment options

For more information about living with hep C, visit Hep­C­.­co­m or call 1­-­8­4­4­-­25­8­-­HEPC (1­-­8­4­4­-­25­8­-­43­7­2)1­-­8­4­4­-­25­8­-­HEPC (1­-­8­4­4­-­25­8­-­43­7­2).