Charlotte Hepatitis C Testing

High quality testing and treatment options are available with STD Testing Charlotte. When testing, we use the Hepatitis C Surface Antibody test to effectively determine if you have been exposed to hepatitis C recently. Hepatitis C is a commonly found STD, but you still have to get tested before you can receive care. Treatment is generally antibiotics. Stress-free STD testing and treatment options are needed for the residents of Charlotte.

Hepatitis C facts and stats

3.2 Million

According to the CDC, an estimated 3.2 million people have chronic Hepatitis C in the United States.

75%-85%

Roughly 75% to 85% of people with acute Hepatitis C will develop chronic Hepatitis C.

4%

For every 100 infants born to a mother with Hepatitis C, four will be infected with the Hepatitis C Virus, or HCV. This risk is higher if the mother has both HIV and Hepatitis C.

3.2 Million

According to the CDC, an estimated 3.2 million people have chronic Hepatitis C in the United States.

75%-85%

Roughly 75% to 85% of people with acute Hepatitis C will develop chronic Hepatitis C.

4%

For every 100 infants born to a mother with Hepatitis C, four will be infected with the Hepatitis C Virus, or HCV. This risk is higher if the mother has both HIV and Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C Frequently Asked Questions

Hepatitis C Basics

What is the test for Hepatitis C?

To test for Hepatitis C, we use the Hepatitis C Surface Antibody Test (Anti-HBs) to test your blood for antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus. If you have been exposed to Hepatitis, your body will produce antibodies to fight the infection By testing for those antibodies, we are able to tell if you've been exposed to the virus.

How is Hepatitis C spread?

Hepatitis C is spread through contact with the blood of someone who is infected with the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). This typically occurs through sharing needles or accidental needle sticks. Although the probability is low, it is still possible to get hepatitis C through sexual activities. Because this disease is spread by contacting infecting blood, many people ask if they can get it from a mosquito bite. While this is a good question, the answer is no. There have been no known cases of hepatitis C that have been spread by mosquito bites.

It is best to refrain from sharing needles, razor blades, or toothbrushes with someone who is infected with HCV. As with all STDs, make sure you use a condom every time you have sex.

People who have an increased risk of getting Hepatitis C are:

  1. Healthcare workers and others who work with blood
  2. Men who have sex with men
  3. People who already have an STD -people who have sex with multiple partners
  4. IV drug users -people who get tattoos or piercings with non-sterile techniques

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Acute hepatitis C may not display any symptoms, but possible symptoms include: fatigue, loss of appetite, jaundice (a yellowish tinge to the skin and eyes), vomiting, or abdominal pain.

Chronic hepatitis C may also fail to show any symptoms until years later when the disease as progressed far enough to cause liver damage symptoms of chronic Hepatitis C are to occur, they would be severe: abdominal pain, excessive bleeding, weight gain, and bone pain.

What is Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). There are two types of hepatitis C: acute and chronic. Acute hepatitis C is a less severe form of the disease that will affect the body within six months of exposure to the virus. Acute hepatitis C can sometimes clear up on its own, and it definitely will clear up with treatment. However, most of the time, acute hepatitis C develops into the more severe form, chronic hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C is much more severe than acute, and can result in serious complications like liver cancer, liver failure and even death. The CDC reports approximately 3.2 million people are living with chronic hepatitis C in the United States.

Hepatitis C Testing

How does the test for Hepatitis C work?

When you have been exposed to hepatitis C, your body will respond by creating antibodies that fight the virus. For this reason, we use the Hepatitis C Surface Antibody Test (Anti-HBs), which is a blood test that searches for these antibodies to detect the presence of the virus.

When your test results are ready, you will be put in contact with one of our physicians. Depending on your situation, he or she will talk to you about your next steps and, if necessary, talk to you about treatment.

What are the possible results from my Hepatitis C Test?

Although the Hepatitis C Surface Antibody Test is considered to be extremely reliable, there is always the chance of receiving a false-positive test result. A false-positive is when the test result comes back positive even though the person does not actually have the disease. If this is the case, your doctor may suggest to test again for confirmation. If your second test result is also positive, your doctor will speak with you about Hepatitis C and discuss treatment plans.

Hepatitis C Treatment

Are there treatment or care options for Hepatitis C?

If your test results for Hepatitis C come back as positive, then it means that the test has determined that you have contracted the Hepatitis C virus.

Unfortunately there is no cure for Hepatitis C at this time. Most people infected seek care and treatment options from either a liver or an infectious disease specialist to help manage the virus and avoid any future complications from developing.

It's also recommended that anyone who tests positive for Hepatitis C, also gets vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, as those are precautionary viruses that can be prevented. Some medical professionals may recommend getting vaccinated for p influenza, and other routine vaccines at the times; including diphtheria and tetanus.

What happens if I don't get treatment for Hepatitis C?

Unlike Hepatitis B, there is no vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C doesn't often show symptoms, causing many to overlook the disease and not get treated. The only way to know if you have been infected with HCV is to get tested. Chronic Hepatitis C can result in liver failure and even death. That's why it's important to check on your status.

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