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Hepatitis Screening and Testing

Hepatitis Screening and Testing


Gaining the Treatment You Need

The routes of transmission for hepatitis vary depending on the type of hepatitis (A, B or C). Hepatitis A may be transmitted by having close contact with a person who is infected, from food or drinks prepared by someone who is infected, or by eating shellfish harvested from sewage-contaminated water. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, on the other hand, are the result of contact with blood or bodily fluids from an infected individual. In the United States, the most common transmission of hepatitis B and C is through unprotected sex, however, it may also be transmitted through sharing needles, razors or toothbrushes with an infected individual, transmitted from mother to child during childbirth, through accidental needle sticks or accidental/incidental contact with an infected person’s blood/bodily fluids, through blood and blood related products received and organ transplants prior to 1982, through clotting factor concentrates prior to 1987 or, as a result of long-term hemodialysis. Hepatitis A and B, there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.


What is Hepatitis C and should you be tested for it?

Disease Details - 

Hepatitis C (HCV) is a blood-borne virus that can cause severe liver damage. It is estimated that 3.5 million people in the US are infected. The majority of those infected will develop a chronic liver disease. HCV infection is one of the leading precursors to liver transplants in the United States.

Of every 100 persons infected with HCV (approx.):

  •  75-85 - will go on to develop chronic infection
  • 60-70 - will go on to develop a chronic liver disease
  • 5-20 - will go on to develop cirrhosis of the liver
  • 1-5 - will die as a result of chronic infection (liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver)

Unless an infected person is screened for hepatitis C or has routine liver function (ALT) testing, the disease may go undetected for many years since most people infected with HCV remain symptom-free until they present with full-blown liver disease.

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Should you get tested for Hepatitis C?

In order to begin the process, you will need to take the Hepatitis Risk Assessment.


After the Assessment

If the CDC's Hepatitis Assessment recommended that you receive testing for some form of Hepatitis please CLICK HERE for online testing options.

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