At A Glance:
Unfortunately 80 percent of people do not have any symptoms of Hepatitis C. Therefore they do not know that they have the virus. Since most people do not experience warning signs they have found out accidentally. The majority of cases have been detected during routine medical examines. In other cases people have found out that they have the virus when they have donated blood. The donated blood is tested for antibodies that can determine that an infection is present.
What You Need To Know:
It’s recommended that those born between the years 1945 – 1965 and those receiving blood transfusions before 1992 should test for hepatitis C. If you live with someone who is infected with hepatitis C or if you have had a sexual encounter with someone who has hepatitis C, you should be tested.
It is consider chronic if you have an infection for more then 6 months. Although most people can generally live without feeling any type of symptoms anywhere from 10- 30 years. 1 in 4 will develop very serious liver problems, liver failure, or liver cancer.
How Do I Get Tested For Hepatitis C?
A simple blood test is needed. There is no fasting required for this test. There will also not be any preparation needed when taking this test.