Hepatitis B (HBV) is a viral infection of the liver which can follow a variable course. This means that each patient will have different symptoms and treatment needs. The Hepatitis B virus can cause an acute illness that often resolves itself quickly without causing long-term liver damage. However, in about 20% of cases it can result in a chronic illness that lasts more than six months, sometimes for life, with symptoms that come and go. In 15-40% of people with chronic infection, cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure develop. In these cases infection may eventually be fatal.
Hepatitis C is an infection with the Hepatitis C virus, also referred to as HCV. Estimates by Public Health England in 2014 suggest over 214,000 people in the UK are living with a chronic HCV infection. Many more are thought to be infected but do not know it as they have not been diagnosed. About 75% of people infected with Hepatitis C go on to develop a chronic condition. It can take years, even decades, for symptoms to appear. Many people are unaware they have a problem and, by the time they become ill and seek help, considerable damage has already been done to the liver. This might have been prevented if the person had been diagnosed earlier. In chronic cases, the immune system has been unable to clear the virus and will remain in the body unless medical treatment is given. Most of these people have intermittent symptoms of fatigue, some may have no symptoms at all, but there may be ongoing damage to the liver. It is thought up to 30% of people with chronic Hepatitis C will develop cirrhosis of the liver within 20 years.
These tests can be done individually or together.
|Sexual Health Tests - The following tests will incur a consultation fee||Member||Non Member|
|Hepatitis Tests A B and C||£277.00||£282.00|