How do I Manage Hepatitis C?
A hepatitis C diagnosis may often come as a surprise to those positive with the virus. Most people living with hepatitis C do not feel sick or experience noticeable symptoms and discover a positive result after receiving irregular results for routine liver tests.
However, with adequate information and proper resources, coping with a hepatitis C diagnosis and living with the virus doesn’t have to be confusing and worrisome. The goal of STDtesting.com, a division of the Institute of Sexual Health, is to provide the most reliable and accurate information for those dealing with a positive hepatitis B test diagnosis.
Receiving a positive hepatitis C test result can be confusing and worrisome. But with adequate information and proper resources, it doesn’t have to be. The goal of STDtesting.com, a division of the Institute of Sexual Health, is to provide the most reliable and accurate information for those dealing with a positive hepatitis C test diagnosis.
Hepatitis C is the most common chronic blood borne infection in the United States. Approximately four million people in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis C and 2.7 of those cases are chronic hepatitis C infections.
Unfortunately, hepatitis C complications can be quite if the disease is not addressed. Following a positive test for hepatitis C, a doctor will determine if the infection is acute or chronic. Acute infections will clear up naturally, while chronic infections are long-term and require specific treatment. About 75 to 85 percent of those with hepatitis C will develop a chronic infection. Fortunately, for those living with chronic hepatitis C infections, antiviral medication can combat the virus, reduce the risk of complications, and help prevent long-term damage. Hepatitis C complications include scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), liver cancer, or liver failure.
A hepatitis C test is recommended for those who have not been vaccinated and are at a high risks for contracting the virus or may have come in contact with the virus.