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Hepatitis C (HCV), like Hepatitis B, can cause an acute or chronic infection. It can also cause problems with the liver. Hepatitis C has treatment options that can help ease symptoms, but there is currently no cure.
Learn about the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis C, as well as what steps to take for a successful recovery.
Hepatitis C, often known as HCV, is a virus that damages the liver. As a result, it should come as no surprise that “hepatitis” is a disease characterized by liver inflammation. Hepatitis A, B, and C are three different viruses that cause many of the same symptoms. The severity of Hepatitis C’s impact on the liver is largely determined by whether the infection is acute or chronic. Hepatitis B and C, in contrast to Hepatitis A, which usually does not require treatment because it goes away on its own, often create more serious symptoms and necessitate treatment. Hepatitis C symptoms seldom result in death and are usually short-lived. HCV, on the other hand, can induce liver problems that can lead to death.
Nearly 80% of people infected with HCV are asymptomatic, which means they have no symptoms. Those who do get Hepatitis C symptoms may notice them as early as two weeks after exposure, but it may take up to six or seven weeks before they become obvious.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on whether the person has acute or chronic Hepatitis C. As previously stated, Hepatitis C can cause unpleasant side effects such as liver cancer and scarring (cirrhosis). Even if the infected person displays no signs or symptoms of Hepatitis C, these and other problems can still occur. This is one of the numerous reasons why testing for hepatitis and other asymptomatic STDs is recommended.
Although vaccines for Hepatitis A and B are available, there is presently no vaccine available for Hepatitis C, making it critical to be aware of other prevention measures.
Learning how the virus is transmitted is one of the most effective strategies to prevent Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is spread by sexual contact and blood-to-blood contact. Those who have several partners are more likely to contract Hepatitis C. HCV is less typically transferred through vaginal, oral, or anal sexual activity than other STDs, although it is possible. Hepatitis C is spread by contact with infected blood through open wounds, sharing razors, or sharing needles (intravenous drug usage, tattooing, and piercing).
True, Hepatitis was once routinely spread through organ transplants and blood transfusions, but since the 1990s, preventative measures have been in place to assure the safety of all parties involved. Most professional tattoo and piercing businesses take strict hygienic steps to avoid transmitting Hepatitis C, but many amateur tattoo and piercing artists do not. As a result, we highly advise folks to exercise caution when engaging in such activities.
Hepatitis C is difficult to spread throughout a home. Sharing meals, kissing, hugging, hand holding, sneezing, or coughing do not spread it. Hepatitis C cannot survive outside the human body for more than three weeks at room temperature.
If you think you could be suffering from Hepatitis C symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, you should get tested as soon as possible.
The only way to know for sure if you have HCV is to be tested. Your doctor will be able to give you with the essential treatment once they have determined the condition of your Hepatitis C. A simple blood test is all that is required for testing. Antibodies in your system are detected by the test. We recommend waiting 8 to 9 weeks after exposure to test for Hepatitis C to ensure the most reliable results. This gives the antibodies enough time to appear in your system.
The severity of your Hepatitis C infection will determine the treatment you receive. Fortunately, roughly 80 to 90 percent of persons infected with HCV can be cured with treatment. Treatment will not be essential for about 25% of people affected since their bodies will naturally fight the virus. The majority of these people will have no idea they have Hepatitis C.
If you have acute Hepatitis C, your doctor will most likely prescribe an antiviral medicine to prevent you from acquiring chronic Hepatitis C. The general goal of treatment for acute Hepatitis C is to be virus-free for 12 weeks after the patient has finished their medication.
Those who have been diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis C may be administered medication to assist them manage their symptoms. In HCV-infected persons, some consumables, such as over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and alcohol, might induce liver damage. Regular check-ups with your doctor to review supplement, pharmaceutical, and over-the-counter medication safety will help you maintain your health and safety.
Do you want to know if Hepatitis C can be transmitted from mother to child? Yes, especially for people who are HIV positive. Hepatitis C infects 4 out of every 100 kids born to a Hepatitis C-infected mother. If you think you might be pregnant and are concerned about being exposed to Hepatitis C, get a Hepatitis C test as soon as possible and make sure your doctor is aware of your symptoms.
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The age, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and medical history all play a role in STD testing. If you’re at risk for one STD, you might be at risk for others as well, so you should get complete testing.
To ensure accuracy, all of our STD testing are conducted using urine and/or blood tests. We don’t use swabs or saliva tests.
Yes, a woman’s menstrual period should not prevent her from getting tested for STDs if she is at risk.
The majority of tests provide an electronic result within 48-72 Hours. HIV RNA and Trichomoniasis tests may take an extra day.
If you’re having a pee test, don’t urinate for at least an hour before the test to guarantee a large enough sample size. If you’re taking the wellness panel, you’ll also need to fast for 12 hours before the exam. You don’t need to do anything else to get ready for your STD test.
It’s hard to know which STDs you’ve had contact with; if you’re at risk for one, you’re at risk for all. Taking our 10-Test Panel is the best method to ensure that you are fully informed and aware of all potential STDs.
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis A, B, C, Genital herpes, Oral herpes, HIV 1 & 2, and Syphilis tests are available. We offer both individual and bundle testing. Find out more about STD Testing.
If you are slightly sexually active, we recommend being tested for STDs at least twice a year. More regular testing is recommended if you are sexually active, have several partners, or have previously tested positive for one or more STDs.
The visit takes about five minutes or less from the time you arrive. The visit consists of basic urine and/or blood collection and then you walk out.
Absolutely No. Our partner labs perform a variety of other diagnostic tests that need urine and/or blood samples too, so there is no way they will be aware of the STD Test.
There is no need to schedule an appointment. After you’ve placed your order, you can come to the lab at any time during business hours to collect your samples. If you’re short on time, phone the lab to schedule an appointment.
You can take the test as soon as you receive your Order Form (or confidential test code). The order form will be available through your online account and/or emailed to you.
It’s a blood test that can detect syphilis in as little as two weeks after exposure (compared to 4 weeks to 3 months with a standard RPR test)
It’s a blood test that can detect HIV in as little as 9-11 days after exposure (vs. 2-6 weeks with an HIV antigen/antibody test).
HIV: 2-6 weeks, Syphilis: 1-3 months, Herpes: 6-26 days, Chlamydia: 1-3 weeks, Gonorrhea: 2-3 days, Hepatitis B: 1-5 months, Hepatitis C: 2-6 months, Trichomonas: 5-28 days
If you are positive, we will provide you with a doctor consultation and a written prescription for a $95 fee. A written prescription for your partner is available for an additional fee of $95. We can even call your prescriptions into your pharmacy on your behalf.
Yes, being treated for an STD does not prevent you from contracting the infection again.
No, due to privacy concerns, our live chat representatives are unable to look up your results. However, you can contact our Medical Advisors to inquire about the status of your results.