More than 100 People Have been Tested for Hepatitis C on the 1st Day of the Campaign at Sofia City HospitalBusiness | July 30, 2019, Tuesday // 10:54| views
More than 100 people have been tested for Hepatitis C on the first day of the campaign at Sofia City Hospital, BNT reported.
Blood tests are free and the goal is to detect the disease early in order to prevent complications and other life-threatening diagnoses.
The campaign is throughout the month of August. According to medics, the group of at-risk patients includes people over 40 who have had blood transfusion before 1992 or who have had dental treatment. Usually, patients have no complaints and no symptoms.
Patients come only when the disease has developed and have symptoms, said Dr. Gergana Taneva, a gastroenterologist at the hospital. With positive results, patients are referred for specialist consultation and treatment appointment.
About 70,000 Bulgarians suffer from the hepatitis C virus, many of them unaware that they are infected with the virus.