Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are infectious viral diseases that affect the liver. They can be spread through sexual contact (unprotected anal sex, oral sex), and gay, bi and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk of infection.
There are often few or no symptoms, but hepatitis can lead to liver damage. It is particularly dangerous for people who are HIV positive (co-infection can result in more rapid progression of both diseases).
The good news is that Hepatitis C can be cured in most people and Hepatitis B is also manageable.
TEN81 in Pretoria now offers hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing. Should you test positive for C, they will refer you to a private doctor. If you are positive for B, TEN81 can treat you at no cost.
By getting tested, you'll also help researchers and doctors beat the disease. Your test results will be included (with your approval) in a national research project that aims to understand how common the prevalence of Hepatitis C is among MSM.
To get tested for hepatitis (for free) at TEN81 in Pretoria call them for an appointment on 012 430 2081.