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. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the number 1 cause of liver transplants.

Hepatitis C can be treated and cured. Make sure you get tested!

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, whilslowly 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 can include:
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • 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 Wake County Human Services offer hepatitis C testing? 

Wake County offers FREE hepatitis C testing at several convenient locations:
**At this time, due to COVID-19, hepatitis C testing is limited to our Sunnybrook location. Call 919-210-4410 to make an appointment.**