Who Should Get Tested
Many people have Hep C and do not know it.
You should be tested if:
- You were born between 1945 and 1965
- You ever injected drugs (even once)
- You have used equipment to snort drugs
- You received a transfusion of blood or blood products before 1992
- You ever had a non-professional tattoo or body piercing
- You have ever shared personal care items such as razors or toothbrushes, with someone who might have hepatitis C
- You have ever been accidently stuck with a needle
- You have HIV infection
- You are a man who has had sex with other men
Diagnosis and Treatment
To confirm the presence of HCV, a blood test will be needed to test the presence of hepatitis C antibodies (which are developed by the body in an attempt to battle the virus). Those who have contracted, but recovered from the virus can still test positive for the HCV antibody. When the presence is confirmed, the doctor will run additional tests to determine if the infection has been cleared or has become a silent, chronic infection.