What is co-infection?
What is an STI?
How do I get an STI?
How will I know if I have an STI?
Is it easier to get an STI if I have HIV?
Will douching stop you from getting STIs?
Common Crotch Concerns
  Genital Herpes
  Genital Warts
Hepatitis C (HCV)
Tuberculosis (TB)

Hepatitis C (HCV)

HCV infection is more serious in HIV-infected persons. It leads to liver damage more quickly. Co-infection with HCV could also affect the treatment of HIV infection. So, it’s important to find out if you have HVC. If you don't have it, find out how to prevent getting it!

What is hepatitus C? A virus that causes liver damage.

How do I get it? You can get hepatitis C primarily by coming in contact with blood and secondarily through contact with other bodily liquids, so:

  1. Don’t share your drug works. For example, don’t re-use equipment for shooting up, like needles, straws, rigs (the tube connected to the needle), spoons, water or filters (pieces of cotton).
  2. Don’t use old needles for tattooing or body piercing.
  3. Don’t share personal hygiene stuff like razors, scissors or toothbrushes.
  4. Always have protected sex.

Symptoms: Most people with hepatitis C don’t really show many symptoms for a long time. But having no symptoms does not mean you don’t have it–and if you have it, you can still pass it on! The symptoms you may experience may be: tiredness, joint pain, stomach discomfort, yellow skin and yellow eyes.

Prevention: Make sure you are using clean rigs, water, spoons or filters if shooting up (using drugs that you inject). Always use a new condom EVERY time you have sex and use clean needles and ink when tattooing and piercing. Get your own razor and toothbrush.

Treatment: Hepatitis C can be treated, but the treatment is long and complicated, and there are many potential side effects to the treatment. Talk to your doctor about the best options for you.

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