An estimated 80,000 people in Switzerland have hepatitis B or C, as reported by the Swiss Hepatitis Association. 200 people die of it every year. However, a large number of those infected with hepatitis C do not know about the infection.
But that’s dangerous. On the one hand, infected people can transmit the disease, on the other hand, the chronic infection damages the liver. Liver cirrhosis and cancer can result. And hepatitis C increases the risk of many other diseases, such as diabetes. Many infected people suffer from chronic fatigue.
However, hepatitis B and C can be eliminated. Vaccination protects against hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is usually curable. According to the association, however, hepatitis C therapies are declining. In 2017, around 40,000 people infected with hepatitis C lived in Switzerland. So far, 8,000 of them have been treated and mostly healed. Therapy numbers are falling, however. In 2019 there were only 1,700 treatments left.
Who should have everything tested for hepatitis C, in the article by RADIO TOP:
The reason for this is that many sufferers are unaware of their infection. People from the risk groups should therefore be tested consistently for viral hepatitis and assigned to the therapy. The main routes of transmission of hepatitis C are: injection or sniffing of drugs, non-sterile piercings or tattoos, blood transfusions before 1992 or medical treatments in countries with low hygiene standards. Hepatitis B is also sexually transmitted.
People born between 1950 and 1985 are particularly affected by hepatitis C. They should therefore be tested for hepatitis C once in their life. Hepatitis Switzerland provided information on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day on Tuesday.