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Hepatitis C home test kits available to most-at-risk in England

Home test kits for a virus which attacks the liver are now available to order online in England, as the NHS tries to reach those needing treatment.

Hepatitis C tends to affect current or past drug users and people who have had contact with infected blood through a tattoo or medical procedure abroad.

It can lead to liver disease and cancer, but symptoms often go unnoticed for many years.

The NHS website says it can usually be cured by taking a course of tablets.

More than 70,000 people are thought to be living with the virus in England. Some may not know they have it, so would be unlikely to go to their GP for a test.

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Source: BBC News, 13 May 2023


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