At Walk in Clinic, we provide testing services for Hepatitis A, B and C as stand alone tests or as a part of STI screening profiles.
Hepatitis is a viral disease which may lead to inflammation of the liver. In most cases, hepatitis usually occurs due to an infection but may develop due to excessive alcohol or drug use. Hepatitis consists of a wide range of symptoms that include – loss of appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, jaundice, light-coloured stool and dark urine. There are mild cases when an infected person does not show any symptoms at all.
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Hepatitis A is an infection that gets spread sexually or by contaminated food and water supplies. Cases declined markedly in the early 1990’s and there is an effective vaccine available to protect people against Hepatitis A.
This is a viral infection of your liver that occur due to Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver.
It can be spread by two routes. The first route is it may spread sexually where sex involves any contact with the anus or faeces of an infectious person. Penetrative sex such as oral sex, without a condom may further spread Hepatitis A.
The other route is through foods that have been contaminated by faeces or by someone who is suffering from Hepatitis A who has not washed their hands properly before preparing food.
Both older children and adults can have these symptoms. The incubation period is somewhere around 14 to 28 days where the virus is usually found in faeces. If symptoms develop, then they may appear abruptly and include the following:
The testing for Hepatitis A consists of taking blood samples to check the function of liver and detect Hepatitis A directly. An ultrasound scan of your liver might be needed.
Your doctor will email the results once we get them back. This is usually done within 1 to 2 days by using our standard screening method or 24 hours by using fast track screening programme.
If the result appears positive, we will ask you to return to the clinic so that we can discuss the results with you and provide necessary treatment and further care.
There isn’t any specific treatment for Hepatitis A. Immunisation prior to an infection is the best way to avoid contracting Hepatitis A, and we have vaccines here at the clinic. Anyone who comes in close contact with someone who already has Hepatitis A should be immunised immediately. Many doctors will combine immunisation for Hepatitis B at the same time.
It is necessary to observe food and water hygiene when you travel. This includes drinking bottled water, not using ice, avoiding salads and not eating those foods that are not piping hot when served. There is a safe and an effective vaccine against Hepatitis A.
Hepatitis B is an infection that can spread sexually or by contaminated blood or other medical supplies. Several cases have been declined markedly in the early 1980’s. There is an effective vaccine available to protect people against Hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B is a virus carried in the blood that can affect the liver.
Hepatitis B is an infectious disease which is 100 times more infectious than HIV. It may spread due to:
Symptoms for Hepatitis B include –
If you have Hepatitis B, then it is necessary to perform a test. Hepatitis B is generally diagnosed with a simple blood test. It is suggested that this is taken at least one month after you have any kind of exposure to this infection.
An early detection test is there for use 10 days after possible exposure. This test isn’t 100% accurate and should be followed up with further confirmatory screening at one month.
The doctor will email your results after reviewing them, which is normally within 1-2 days through standard screening method or 24 hours through fast track screening programme.
If the result appears positive, we may ask you to return to the clinic so that we can discuss your results with you and provide effective treatment and proper care.
There are different treatment options available for managing Hepatitis B infection. This is managed by a specialist and we will arrange for a referral so that you may discuss it further.
Yes, there is a vaccination available for Hepatitis B. You may get it from our travel clinic and you also need to discuss with our doctors to know if it might be appropriate for your case.
Hepatitis C is an infection that may spread either sexually or by contaminated blood, medical supplies or during body piercing or tattooing if non-sterile instruments are used. There isn’t any vaccination available for Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C is a virus that gets carried in the blood and may affect the liver.
Hepatitis C usually occurs by sharing spoons, filters and contaminated needles to inject drugs.
You may get infected by unsafe sexual intercourse or may be from an infected mother to the baby at the time of childbirth.
Many people don’t experience any symptoms when they get infected with Hepatitis C. Others might face vague flu-like symptoms, joint aches, tiredness, nausea and pains.
Some infected people stay well and their liver do not get affected. However, others might develop health complications for a long term that require ongoing treatment.
Hepatitis C is usually diagnosed with a simple blood test. It is recommended that this should be taken at least one month after probable exposure to the infection.
There is an early detection test for use just 10 days after the possible exposure. This test is not completely accurate and should be followed up with further screening at one month.
Your doctor will email the results once they have reviewed them. This is normally within 1 to 2 days through standard screening method or 24 hours through fast track screening programme.
If the test result appears positive, we may ask you to visit the clinic so that we can discuss the results with you and then provide necessary treatment and proper care.
There are several treatment options available for hepatitis C infection. This is usually done by the specialist and we will arrange for a referral so that you can discuss about it.
Our doctors can perform a complete range of STI tests at our Walk in Clinic in London. If you need to undergo a hepatitis test or visit a GP near you for any reason, book an appointment at our Clinic by call us at 02070968853 or email at [email protected].